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    Hello all,

    I started a contract last week (monday) on the basis that it was a certain rate per hour with Lorien, they confirmed it in an email with me, they then sent me the contract 5 days after starting (so last friday), and on the contract was a rate £2.51 per hour less than what i was told, now this may not sound like much but when the contract is not paying a great amount anyway, this adds up to nearly £400 a month doing standard hours. I forwarded the email to Lorien and questioned it, and all they said was sorry but it was a mistake and I am in fact on the lower rate, I am not happy to say the least, but they also got my start and end dates wrong too, they didnt even have the decency to take a hit on it and honour the original agreement and put me on the rate they promised to begin with. It was basically a case of take it or leave it, another guy in here has had a similar problem with them, so they sound like a dodgy cowboy agency, anyone else had any problems with Lorien???

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    You started an engagement without a contract?

    Do you have in writing the original rate and dates? I would have thought that constituted a basic contract, and they can't just change the terms part way through.

    IANAL though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by likewise View Post
    I started a contract last week (monday) on the basis that it was a certain rate per hour with Lorien
    On what basis? phone call? email?

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    Quote Originally Posted by likewise View Post
    Hello all,

    I started a contract last week (monday) on the basis that it was a certain rate per hour with Lorien, they confirmed it in an email with me, they then sent me the contract 5 days after starting (so last friday), and on the contract was a rate £2.51 per hour less than what i was told, now this may not sound like much but when the contract is not paying a great amount anyway, this adds up to nearly £400 a month doing standard hours. I forwarded the email to Lorien and questioned it, and all they said was sorry but it was a mistake and I am in fact on the lower rate, I am not happy to say the least, but they also got my start and end dates wrong too, they didnt even have the decency to take a hit on it and honour the original agreement and put me on the rate they promised to begin with. It was basically a case of take it or leave it, another guy in here has had a similar problem with them, so they sound like a dodgy cowboy agency, anyone else had any problems with Lorien???

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    Yeah I have had this done, it sucks but you have to weigh up which is worse 95% of something is better than 100% of nothing while you find another gig.
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    Never start a gig without seeing your contract at the very least. Get it fully reviewed optimally.

    What does your new contract say about notice periods?

    If you've got the agreed rate by email and you genuinely haven't seen a contract i'd be all over them like a rash. That was agreed and changing after the event, even though you started without a contract, is totally out of order. You need to be threatening to walk off site until they reconsider.
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    Worked for Lorien twice, one of the better agencies in my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stek View Post
    Worked for Lorien twice, one of the better agencies in my experience.
    You must have dealt with some really bad agencies then....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SueEllen View Post
    You must have dealt with some really bad agencies then....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SueEllen View Post
    You must have dealt with some really bad agencies then....
    There is no such thing as a bad agency, there are good and bad agents in any organisation. That's why some people have good experiences with agencies who people have had bad. There is also the fact that people have different expectations from their agents, if someone wants hand holding from their pimp and another doesn't want to see or hear from them until it's renewal time, the same agent could be both good and bad
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