Contractor Living Costs – How Can UK IT Contractors compete with Indians

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Contractor Living Costs

This article, about , UK Contractor living costs was supplied by a reader.

I have seen ridiculously low rate contracts for highly skilled positions recently and makes me wonder if these are not Indian outsourcing firms looking to prove that positions can not be filled by UK residents.

Obviously, I have to choose my words carefully and speak in hushed tones to avoid appearing racist.

In my mind, though, this is clearly not a racist issue.

Contractors Competing With Low Wage Economy Nationals

The issue, for me, is that I am having to compete with nationals from a very low wage economy who’s training and computer books have been government subsidised, who do not need to pay UK taxes if staying for less than 183 days, who do not need to pay a UK mortgage, who do need to pay employers and employees National Insurance and now the horrific backdated S660A tax.

High Contractor Living Costs

In order to support my family in this country, I have to do all these things, pay for my own training, maintain all the paperwork necessary for a business and compete at £17 an hour after 14 years of IT experience and a string of IT qualifications. I have much higher contractor living costs.

If these low rate adverts are posted in the knowledge that no one in their right mind would apply, they still have the overall effect of driving the rate down and for this reason Contractors Group IPSE should be speaking up about level playing fields and the real damage they are causing.

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