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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Blankson Enterprises Ltd. (1 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905789041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905789047
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 949,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I just wish I had had all this information, in one book, when I gave up my 'permie' job, many years ago. -- Greg Browne - Lotus Connections

I would challenge any reader to find something that was left out of this book... -- Alison Baker - Immaculate Conception

Samuel Blankson's Guide to IT Contracting is a must-read for any IT professional... -- Leslie Dvorak - NCS Pearson

I highly recommend this guide to professionals in all areas of business... -- Stacey Glebes - Molchan & Associates, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Guide to I.T. Contracting is an insightful exposé into the world of I.T. contracting. It gives a rare behind the scenes insight into the mindset required to succeed in the industry. The author speaks from over a decade of experience as an I.T. contractor in one of the world's largest contracting markets. His practical style of writing helps the reader to quickly understand and relate to the subject. The book covers the full range of topics and is over 480 pages in length. Ideal for the beginner as well as the veteran, The Guide to I.T. Contracting is set to become the unofficial contractors manual.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. R. Gee on 2 April 2008
Format: Paperback
I wonder how many people who have given this book 5 stars have actually read it all the way through?

The first few chapters of this book offer some guidance on IT contracting and how to move into this area. However, as the book continues so does Mr Blanksons' imagination wonder...

I particularly like the section where he suggests the use of mind reading and psychic persuasion to influence the mind of the person who is interviewing you. I kid you not. The author states that if you repeat the words 'I love you' over and over while staring at your interviewer this will create a psychic bond between you both and alas, you will get the job!

Combined with the dreadful 'proof reading' such as 'INSERT REFERENCE HERE' on every other page, it really could be the worst, most low quality book I have ever read.

But nothing beats Mr Blanksons' advice to those wanting to break into the IT industry. Rather than study hard, learn the material and earn your certifications, he instead recommends downloading the answers and cheating your way through the exams. How sad.

Do yourself a favour and do some Googling. Samual Blankson is not an authority on IT Contracting, but many many subjects....so he says.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Finlay on 6 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
Detailed deconstruction of some of the nonsense in the book, to give you a flavour of the overall work. Here goes:

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Page 20 "In the UK for example, permanent staff earning £100,000 would lose the majority of it to Value Added Tax (VAT), being approximately £17,500."

Analysis:
* The word "majority" means greater than 50 %. The majority of £100,000 would need to be in excess of £50,000 which £17,500 clearly isn't.

* Permanent staff in the UK pay taxes via PAYE. The taxes are income tax and National Insurance. Permanent staff in the UK do not pay VAT.

* In a single sentence, the author made two factual mistakes.

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Page 42, "Your employment status, after twenty-four months at any one organisation, changes to that of a permanent employee".

Analysis:
* Err, no. It doesn't actually. Author wrote "any" organisation. So it must apply to all of them, right?

* Well, I can name many UK blue-chip companies that this doesn't apply to, and indeed I am not personally aware of any UK companies that this applies to.

......

Samuel Blankson appears to have multiple Amazon user accounts with which to review his own books, awarding 5 stars.

There are a HIGH number of user accounts all having reviews for ONLY Samuel Blankson's books. The probability of that occurring in genuine, non-fraudulent circumstances for such an unknown author is non-existent.

It's a pity; Amazon should crack down on it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Philip Bailey on 19 April 2010
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Samuel Blankson certainly fancies himself as an author, and has self-published, according to his website, a large number of books relating to such diverse subjects as investments, gambling, wine, song lyrics and children's novels.

This book describes IT contracting from a primarily UK perspective, touching on advantages/disadvantages of contracting, setting up companies, CVs, interview skills, IT training, and soft skills such as etiquette and ethics. A substantial chunk of the book relates to finances, including tax, PAYE, pensions, insurance, maximising profits and making investments.

While I did gain some useful information from the book, it could have been enormously improved by being professionally edited and typeset. There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary padding, including such things as a complex classification of life insurance, and a 42 page listing of IT certification exam codes.

I find the number (42 at the time of writing) of glowing, 5 star reviews surprising, to say the least. But they are at least all independent of the author, right?

Not recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 April 2009
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I expected to find more detailed information about IT Contracting in this book. There are several chapters of useful information, most you can easily get from numerous internet websites dedicated to this subject. The rest of the book consist of common sense pieces of information, like:

- Do not smoke, it is not good for your health
- Do not browse pornosites at work
- Put money in a high interest saving account

The vital information, e.g. how and which expenses you can claim, how to choose the right share structure, how to minimise taxes, etc. is not covered or mentioned briefly.
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The book starts off OK (it initially appears) covering the essentials, like your CV, interviewing, and tax, but very rapidly goes down hill. The overall amount of coverage of taxation issues is minimal and unhelpful when it's likely that this is going to be the biggest concern for new contractors. There is little explanation of what the various acronyms actually mean.

From there the goes into a tirade about grammatical mistakes on CVs. Yawn. Whilst important to make a good impression on a CV, if you want to know about grammar, buy a grammar book, you don't need chapters about it in a book about contracting.

It becomes clear quickly now that a large amount of content in this book is just nonsense to fill space - for instance it lists the size of prices you can win in premium bonds. And pages of lists of exam certifications. Simply irrelevant. Quite a lot of the content states the bloody obvious - I'm barely paraphrasing when I say that one of the pages on interview techniques states that you should not "laugh at the interviewer if they have large breasts". Simply astonishing stuff.

The 40+ 5* reviews on this book are highly suspect, as other reviewers have alluded to already. They all come from the March-September 2008 period, they're predominantly by women, predominantly from the United States, and the vast majority of reviewers reviewed books only by this author and have reviewed nothing since 2008. That's not looking good for a predominantly male-oriented industry with content that's mostly applicable to the UK market. In conclusion, the likelihood of these reviews being legitimate is vanishingly small.

According to the author he has published books about IT consulting, financial management, tax avoidance, online gambling, SEO, taxation, wine collecting and more. The likelihood of the author being an expert in all of these topics is also vanishingly small.
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