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Perks of the job

 
#1 Perks of the job
21/08/2013 13:21

Rollercoaster

Related to the financial progress thread - I thought lets start a thread on perks of the job. Some are totally legit, some are not. How about the old hands help the young uns find the grease that helps the wheels turn?

By this I mean beyond the usual "get paid a lot and get bonuses by going up the org".

So some legit ones:

- Heathcare (costs money, but if you need it it can save a lot too)

- Laptop / phone - If you don't buy one for home use as well then this saves you cash

- Share schemes and options

- Car / travel allowance: Good way for firms to boost the employees take home without it being on the pension. Particularly good if you don't actually run a car and then claim for trains / taxis and flights everywhere.

- Air miles / loyalty schemes. Dull, I never got anything out of these but some swear by them.

- Cashback credit card deals for all your company expense. Ditch the company cards, you get no kickback from them.

- Get to know hotel staff so get upgraded for free.

- Don't join a gym - just always book into hotels with a decent gym / pool

- Live with mum and get on projects where you are away in hotels.

- Read the expenses policy very thoroughly so you know what you are and are not allowed to claim for. (e.g. One place allowed breakfast to be claimed for early starts, and dinner for late journeys home, receipt required if over a couple of quid and airports are expensive places for breakfast)

- Cycle to work scheme (you are all earning over the amount to make this worthwhile)

Some not so legit:

- Car share then all claim mileage expenses

- Other half comes to stay in your expensed hotel room for a cheap 'holiday'. Or if it is the other, other half then saves you paying for a motel...

- 'Forget' to deduct personal calls from work mobile bill.

- Claim per diems and live out of Tesco / cheap client canteen.

- For receipted claims buy the week's groceries (up to the claim limit)

- On a long term assignment stay with friends and claim it at market short term rental rate. Needs a tenancy agreement to go through the expense system but they are easy to draw up.

- Run a personal business using work assets, From using the laptop, to printing materials at work (I remember someone getting fired for this).

- Keep those blank receipts the friendly taxi driver gives you, and get good at forging signatures of various nationality 'drivers'

- Start selling office stationary

- Do a thorough investigation of the client's finances and / or personal life. Any irregularities can be a useful lever for fee 'negotiations'

- Do great work for clients so they give you a present when you leave (does happen, usually needs to be recorded in a gift register or refused depending on the company)

- Always order a hire car that is the same as your personal car. Never buy tyres again by swapping the wheels over. If the company picks up the bill for damages, and you are good with a spanner can also work for damaged seats, steering wheels, stereos and engine parts (not the engine or chassis for obvious numbering reasons)

Anyone got any more?

(PS - some of the above are not necessarily serious.)

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#2 RE: Perks of the job
21/08/2013 14:41

Mr Cool to Rollercoaster (#1)

It's been years since Ive had to buy a biro...

Gotta do what you can to eke out a living as a contractor...

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#3 RE: Perks of the job
22/08/2013 08:09

Bushy Eyebrow Partner to Mr Cool (#2)

Toilet roll is very expensive. How much do you spend on it per year, £100 maybe? Thus, dump at the office or grab a roll now and then.

Shower at the office. If you're single, you need not pay for hot water again.

Related to the shower, make sure you bring your own bottle and top up with complementary shampoo every now and then.

Hehe only joking, do not steal from ur employer

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#4 RE: Perks of the job
22/08/2013 10:51

CONnedsultant to Rollercoaster (#1)

- Start selling office stationary

I like this idea, however my current business seems to be suffering from stock loss, as I keep losing the biro's i get from the stationary cupboard..

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#5 RE: Perks of the job
26/08/2013 07:47

presidentbartlet to Bushy Eyebrow Partner (#3)

About to hit the road again after 3 years of a local client. Looking forward to not having to buy shampoo and shower gel again

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#6 RE: Perks of the job
27/08/2013 13:22

Bushy Eyebrow Partner to presidentbartlet (#5)

More tips please.

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#7 RE: Perks of the job
27/08/2013 17:27

Camster to Bushy Eyebrow Partner (#6)

Other perks?

Trips to Spearmint Rhino

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#8 RE: Perks of the job
08/09/2013 13:34

GreySkyThinker to Rollercoaster (#1)

I'm surprised no attentive maid has raised concern about my high caffeine consumption, seeing how I go through a dozen or so teabags every night.

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#9 RE: Perks of the job
20/09/2013 20:13

sunros to Rollercoaster (#1)

perks in a package is like a foam in a glass of beer.

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#10 RE: Perks of the job
23/09/2013 19:59

presidentbartlet to GreySkyThinker (#8)

I'm surprised no attentive maid has raised concern about my high caffeine consumption, seeing how I go through a dozen or so teabags every night.

You stay at the wrong hotels. I seem to be going through a lot of nespresso capsules it seems...

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