Silent Calls from 08000727732 Tweet
Just had a call from 08000727732. Picked up, said hello. Line was silent for a few seconds then the other end hung up. Looks like another round of marketing calls. Phone number is registered with TPS. What else can I do??
They are pushing for hirers to add ‘Member of BCS’ to their
candidate requirements, look for FBCS, MBCS or AMBCS after candidates’ names,
look for CITP (Chartered IT Professional, the chartered status for IT and
computing) after candidates’ names and to ask for evidence of Continuing Professional
Development (MBCS and above grades of membership and CITP are required to
maintain a log of CPD).
Personally I have been asking internally within the
membership for BCS to demonstrate the value to me of membership by
demonstrating to employers the advantage of hiring and MBCS over someone who is
not a member.In the current issue of
the members magazine they have stated that the average salary for someone with
CITP is £92,000pa, but that just makes me wonder if they earn that because they
have CITP or they can justify that salary as an IT professional independent of
Some key questions I have (as an MBCS and MIET) are:
What do BCS need to do (other than increase marketing
spend) to convince employers to class membership of BCS at least desirable if
not mandatory for IT workers?
What do BCS need to do to convince employers
that funding BCS membership fees for those employees who qualify is a good investment?
What do BCS need to do to convince employers
that sponsoring an employee through CITP is a good investment?
I suspect that a big part of the answer to those questions
will be in convincing the customers of those employers that buying from a
company that employs members of BCS and promotes advancement through the levels
and attainment of CITP is better than buy from one that does not.
There's got to be a better way to handle budget cuts than more cuts. Tweet
I cannot help but think that the way many local councils are handling the budget cuts (or planning to handle them) is backwards. Rather than shedding staff and outsourcing services to companies that will have to cut standards to turn a profit, surely it would be better to look at how they can save through local shared services and increase income by offering more services to local businesses for a fee.
Silent calls from 01612127801 Tweet
Recently I've been getting a lot of silent calls from 01612127801. Silent as in when I answer there's just silence on the line for several seconds then a voice says "Goodbye!" This I gather is what happens when a company uses an automatic dialer to call numbers. Basically to minimise delay and not have their agents listening to dial tones whilst waiting for someone to answer the automatic dialer calls and waits for the person to pick up then assigns the call to the next available agent. If there's no agent available it hangs up.
As I recall John Hemming MP had a bit of campaign against these some years ago. I am writing to him to see if this campaign is still on going or might start up again.
This is the same as was happening most of the times I got calls from 01618149905 which turned out to be 'Versatile' trying to sell PPI claim assistance, when there was finally someone to take the call at their end. Even the voice saying 'GoodBye!' sounds the same. So what are the odds of two different companies, both in Manchester, both calling the same number (which has been registered with the TPS pretty much since I got it) with an automaic dialer and both not having enough staff to handle their automatically dialed calls?
This new number seems to be quite new, when I googled it I could only find one site that listed it and that only had four entries going back just under 2 weeks. But I did find a page on WhoCallsMe about this number.
ETA: had a response from John Hemming. He said he'd have someone look into it and confirmed it's OFCOM's responsibility to deal with silent calls.
ETAA: Had a response from the person John Hemming had asked to look into this. They said that they had spoken to OFCOM who had said that as they have no details of who that number belongs to they can't do anything about it. I'd had a similar response direct from OFCOM as a result of my contacting them directly.
Nuisance call from 08435600125 Tweet
Just had a call. Guy identified himself as being from 'Pension Aid' and said it wasn't a sales call, he then asked me if I was aware of the 'pension crisis'. I explained that I was but as I was in a final salary scheme to which I was making 18% of gross salary contributions I should be OK. He agreed I should be OK and said he'd update my records. I asked for a 'Do Not Call' note to be put on my records.
Number has been on TPS for over 10 years. Submitted complaint to TPS. Suggest others do the same if they have calls from this number or similar: https://complaints.tpsonline.org.uk/Consumer/