Apr 2013 | Issue 32
PSS-Europe Services

Project Management Services
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Current Opportunities


Solution Architect
Bristol, Avon
To lead, inform and assist Senior Managers and Directors on technology choices for the enterprise that will meet business and technical strategic objectives.

Systems Engineer
Winchester, Hampshire
to £35K
A technical lead with responsibility for the management, development and support.

Front-End Software Engineer / Developer – HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, UX, UI
Paddington, London W2
£35-65K pa + excellent benefits + bonus

Java Software Engineer / Developer – Big Data, RESTful, JSON
Paddington, London W2
£35-65K pa + excellent benefits + bonus

Web Application Developer C#, ASP.NET, MVC, SQL Server
Knightsbridge, London SW1

£35-40K pa + excellent benefits

C#.NET SQL Web Developer
West London

to £35K pa DOE + benefits + training

Systems Engineer VMware, Exchange, Windows Server, SAN, NAS
Winchester, Hampshire
£30-35Kpa + Benefits

Industry Comment

Onus on the taxman to define "office holder" for IR35
Having decided to abandon the 'controlling persons' proposals it was going to be necessary for the taxman to address the anomaly of 'office holders' being able to escape IR35, writes Andy Vessey, senior tax consultant at Qdos Consulting, as such persons were not defined within the legislation. NICs, however, are still applied to the fees from such a role. .... Read Full Article


Taxman triples IR35 investigation activity
The taxman has tripled the number of IR35 investigations into contractors suspected of disguised employment, having elevated enquiries under the legislation from just 59 in the previous tax year to 193 in this tax year's first six months alone.
... Read Full Article


The PMP Exam Changes in 2013

So, what exactly are contact hours, why do you need them, and what do you need to do to obtain them? Contact hours are not the same as a Professional Developmental Units (PDUs), you need to have at least 35 contact hours of prior to the completion of your application be eligible to take the PMP® Exam, whereas once you obtain our PMP® Certification, you will need 60 PDUs every three years to maintain the certification. Read Full Article


In This Issue...

Choosing an accountant
Consultant Availability
Feedback from visitors


Welcome to the April 2013 newsletter from PSS-Europe.

A simple project management rule; do not invest where there is no benefit.

So, why has the EU lent Cyprus €10bn? The best €10bn will buy the EU is a delay before the inevitable, EU economies will continue to diverge and eventually a crisis will occur that is so big (leading contenders are Spain and Italy at the moment, with Greece as an outside bet for the economy to collapse under the austerity measures imposed) the EU will not be able to bail the country out and the Euro zone will start to implode.

I have been to Cyprus and it is not even a whole island we are talking about, half of it is “managed” by the Turkish, I cannot see how this half an island is going to be able to generate sufficient revenue to pay the interest on a €10bn loan, let alone make capital repayments.

What a precedent though, if you are moderately wealthy to rich then money will be taken from your bank accounts. Spain and Italy are massive in comparison to Cyprus, or is that the point? Perhaps the solution is to raid the accounts of all people in the Euro zone with more than €100k in deposits and put it towards the bailout fund? Why just punish the Cypriots when all countries in the Euro zone would feel the impact of Cyprus leaving the Euro?

I am also guessing just before the point the Euro zone implodes the Germans (who will have prepared for this) will re-distribute the Deutsche Marks they are keeping in the bank vaults. They will set it at the “German Euro” exchange rate, one DM = one €, they won’t even need to change the prices in the shops and in a short time they will be back to business as usual. This will trigger all the other countries to revert to their previous currency and depending on the state of their economy they will devalue accordingly to stimulate growth (buy your BMW before this happens because afterward it is going to be very expensive).

Another good project management rule is always having a regression plan. If things go seriously a rye then there needs to be a controlled withdraw to a pre-planned stable position. These same people who thought that amazingly diverse economies that are at different stages of maturity and are developing at different speeds could share the same currency should not be left to solve the problem. They are holding on to an ideal and have vested interests causing them to be passionate about it and blind to the reality around them. More than likely within the next five years the regression plan will be needed, I bet the Germans have theirs, let’s hope for their sake all the other Euro zone countries have theirs.

If you are looking for a new opportunity in the coming year please send us your CV to

Choosing an accountant

Business Consultant

Chartered accountant Tim Haggard of My Bookkeeping Online answers some key questions about finding and choosing an accountant

How important is it to find the right accountant?
Really important, if you take the time to find a good accountant, it could save your business a lot of time, effort and money.

And if I don't find the right accountant?

Some accountants are only interested in the fee, others can be too busy to give you the service you need, which means your business suffers, which can include paying more tax than you need to. No matter how new or established your business - or how small it is - if you're paying an accountant, you should receive a first-class service, otherwise, what's the point? Read more..

Consultant Availability

PSS-Europe can service all aspects of Project Management Office (PMO). From the day-to-day administrative support to the initiation and strategy required to setup a new PMO.

Key areas for PSS-Europe include:

  • Programme Management

  • Project Management

  • Business Analysis

  • Project Management Office

  • Hardware Infrastructure Implementation

  • Software Implementation

  • User Acceptance Testing

  • User Training

PSS-Europe is currently searching for Project Managers and Business Analysts with experience of working within one of the large telecommunications providers with a view for future opportunities. If you would be interested in working with PSS-Europe in the future send please send your CV to


Mike hanlon - Programme & Project Manager

  • Programme and project leader with proven ability to shape, design and deliver projects and programmes within a timely fashion. 
  • Viewed as an influential manager who relishes difficult assignments and builds strong relationships with Managers, Sponsors and Directors.   
  • Wide spread exposure to many aspects of business including delivery of IT applications and business change across Customer Services, Call Centres, Operations, Compliance, Risk, Legal, Marketing, Supplier Management, Finance and HR.  
  • MBA qualification, MSP accredited and Prince II based project training.  

John Shardlow - Project Manager

  • Over 18 years experience performing a mixture of project management, consultant and business analyst roles working in a variety of countries and industry sectors.
  • Responsible for the full project life cycle of million pound plus pan European projects, from Vision & Strategy to successful implementation.
  • Experienced in internal and client facing projects, managing teams of between 3 and 50 people in respect of recruiting, man management and resource allocation, including the management of third party resources.
  • Qualified Association for Project Management (APMP) Membership # R23803.
  • Qualified ITIL v3 Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management Membership # 990322511.
  • Experienced in PRINCE 2, Barclaychange2 project methodologies.  Agile/RAD methodologies.
  • Looking for project management or business analyst roles where the solution has my stamp on it.


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