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darrenez
26th May 2005, 10:58
According to a job agency firm a certain investment bank (american) in the city will only process 'applications' from contractors if they know your last rate ...

My application is now not proceeding.

No doubt I could have answered the question of what rate a recent client paid but really that was for a certain type of work skill and came much cheaper and private company business.

Besides when did a plumber last tell you what he paid for a call out to a dripping tap when you want him to fit central heating.

sigh, are contractors disguised employees?

george99
19th April 2011, 01:11
According to a job agency firm a certain investment bank (american) in the city will only process 'applications' from contractors if they know your last rate ...

My application is now not proceeding.

No doubt I could have answered the question of what rate a recent client paid but really that was for a certain type of work skill and came much cheaper and private company business.

Besides when did a plumber last tell you what he paid for a call out to a dripping tap when you want him to fit central heating.

sigh, are contractors disguised employees?

Tell them its company and client confidential and refuse to disclose it to them. I'm always asked and never disclose.
Its none of their business and they don't need it.

I have asked some - when I've felt the need to - how they get me my daily rate (e.g. do they try to get me the best rate possible rate or do they charge a flat rate on top or % etc). If they're not prepaired to disclose this then I'm not sure that they would be good for me?

OwlHoot
19th April 2011, 06:28
Whenever I'm asked I just quote a rate £30 higher than the actual value.

Nothing wrong with fibbing if it's none of their business anyway!

scooterscot
19th April 2011, 06:29
Lie. Well bend the true.

They'd do it to you.

To be honest to a corrupt system, you'll never make any money.

fckvwls
19th April 2011, 06:32
Good to see a 6 year old question being answered. Did you get the gig, I need to know dammit :mad

Lockhouse
19th April 2011, 07:16
Good to see a 6 year old question being answered. Did you get the gig, I need to know dammit :mad

Yeah I hate loose ends. After 6 years now maybe I can get a decent night's sleep!

MrMark
19th April 2011, 08:00
An agent sent me an email asking if I was interested in a data analyst role in London, and to state my preferred rate. I sent him a figure that I thought was fairly modest yet appropriate ie not the inflated 3 or 400 rates some contractors can demand. However he then sent a mail back stating the role was just a junior one at 80 per day. Wtf????? Why don't they just recruit directly from McDs?

I'm left with the feeling it was just a research exercise to find out what contract expectations are currently.

Spacecadet
19th April 2011, 08:11
Whenever I'm asked I just quote a rate £30 higher than the actual value.

Nothing wrong with fibbing if it's none of their business anyway!

If you're going to fib at least add a full £100 onto the figure

Mich the Tester
19th April 2011, 08:16
So What Was Your Last Rate?

More than you'd like to pay and less than you're going to pay.

norrahe
19th April 2011, 08:35
If you're going to fib at least add a full £100 onto the figure

Yep, agree. If they don't protest you know you're in the right ball park.