I do and not just working for myself, I was o that last year on the books as a project manager. Not bad for leaving the regs after 7 years as an Infantry private!
Didnt earn that straight away though and admittedly this last 3 years my money is well down on what I have made previously and not just in whats declared either!
Admitted there can be spells of no work but normally after fixed term contracts or on the books so I tend not to take those as signing on is a pain and interferes with the social life.
I did manage every other shooting season off for 4 years with a big pay off for the last one which was nice for a while!
Now imagine the number of Chavs and other wasters who drag that number down and (as already stated) and you realise how much money there is to be had out there for doing an 'average' type job.
GrownupRAFB: absobloodylutely! 11 years of being effec around and coping with "crisis" management (i.e. senior management making a crisis for no reason) has paid off in civvie strasse.
If I am honest I also often fall into Dilfor's situation: the amount of money I am paid sometimes bears no reality to the value of the work I have performed. Sometimes this is because I have pulled an absolute blinder that has resulted in the client saving several tens of million per annum for only a week or so of work from me, other times I have sat playing solitare (or arrseing when the firewall allows) for months on end before delivering a fat report that the manager says 'thanks' for before filing in the 'too difficult to do' filing cabinet under his desk.
Just received an offer from my current place to go perm, £45k and £375 per month car allowance. My wife will laugh at the offer and kill me if I consider it, time to move on. I have had an offer in Crewe for £400+ per day contract so I will give that some thought! It means lodging away all week or most of the week so I will claim it all back as before!
I wonder how long I can put this current mob off for?
A real pity as I love the location, 23 miles from the house, mid sussex and loads of stalking available. Not fussed about the work though!