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ojock
16th July 2010, 21:16
You're on a contract which pays an excellent daily rate, however the workload is non-existent and the commute isn't great (about 3.5hrs round trip). Given the long time you've been on the project, this contract has the potential to go on till 2011 and maybe even early 2012.

You've been offered a contract elsewhere which is 10minute from home (family with kids) with what appears to be interesting work as well, but it means taking a 30% pay cut.

Would you terminate your existing contract early and jump?

Just wonder what people's priorities are in this present climate.

Cliphead
16th July 2010, 21:17
Just wonder what people's priorities are in this present climate.

Invoice

SofaKingdom
16th July 2010, 21:18
You're on a contract which pays an excellent daily rate, however the workload is non-existent and the commute isn't great (about 3.5hrs round trip). Given the long time you've been on the project, this contract has the potential to go on till 2011 and maybe even early 2012.

You've been offered a contract elsewhere which is 10minute from home (family with kids) with what appears to be interesting work as well, but it means taking a 30% pay cut.

Would you terminate your existing contract early and jump?

Just wonder what people's priorities are in this present climate.

Dependent on the kids ages and how much it would unsettle them, I'd look to stay in the current gig and move the family closer to the sure thing contract and coin it whilst you can.

ojock
16th July 2010, 21:24
Why would anyone else's priorities have any bearing on your own? :confused:

It doesn't really, just canvassing some opinions from other contractors

MarillionFan
16th July 2010, 21:26
You're on a contract which pays an excellent daily rate, however the workload is non-existent and the commute isn't great (about 3.5hrs round trip). Given the long time you've been on the project, this contract has the potential to go on till 2011 and maybe even early 2012.

You've been offered a contract elsewhere which is 10minute from home (family with kids) with what appears to be interesting work as well, but it means taking a 30% pay cut.

Would you terminate your existing contract early and jump?

Just wonder what people's priorities are in this present climate.

I'd jack and take the local one. But it depends on how much cash you have and how you feel about it.

I get bored. RRRRRREEEAAAALLLL Bored, so need interesting work otherwise I want to kill someone.

Plus 3.5 hours round trip with boring work makes you depressed.

Make the change.

cnch
16th July 2010, 21:39
You're on a contract which pays an excellent daily rate, however the workload is non-existent and the commute isn't great (about 3.5hrs round trip). Given the long time you've been on the project, this contract has the potential to go on till 2011 and maybe even early 2012.

You've been offered a contract elsewhere which is 10minute from home (family with kids) with what appears to be interesting work as well, but it means taking a 30% pay cut.

Would you terminate your existing contract early and jump?

Just wonder what people's priorities are in this present climate.

I would prefer interesting work for less money.

Also depends on whether or not you want to spend time with your spouse. Personally speaking I was always glad to escape.

BolshieBastard
16th July 2010, 22:05
You're on a contract which pays an excellent daily rate, however the workload is non-existent and the commute isn't great (about 3.5hrs round trip). Given the long time you've been on the project, this contract has the potential to go on till 2011 and maybe even early 2012.

You've been offered a contract elsewhere which is 10minute from home (family with kids) with what appears to be interesting work as well, but it means taking a 30% pay cut.

Would you terminate your existing contract early and jump?

Just wonder what people's priorities are in this present climate.

This sounds like a LloydsTSB role in Yorkshire! I ****ed it off as it was boring and frankly, beneath me. No doubt some will say take the money, I can only assume they have a massive debt they have to pay off.

Wild horses wouldnt keep me in a shit job unless I had big debts.

My advice, move on. Your sanity is worth more than pound notes.

SofaKingdom
16th July 2010, 22:10
I ****ed it off as it was boring and frankly, beneath me.

No wonder you admire an X3. I always thought BMW drivers were knobs and you certainly fit the mould. Well done!

BolshieBastard
16th July 2010, 22:22
No wonder you admire an X3. I always thought BMW drivers were knobs and you certainly fit the mould. Well done!

I'd rather be a nob (you cant even spell it correctly!) than a *unt like you any day of the week. Get back on your sofa in your chuddies.

Clippy
16th July 2010, 22:37
Invoice

WHS.

Spend the time self-learning or working on a Plan B.

The role is a known quantity whereas the new role may turn out worse.

Sounds like your current role is a 'sure thing' which in this economy is golden.

To make life easier, can you not adjust your hours so you start and finish early?

Zippy
16th July 2010, 22:49
I'd rather be a nob (you cant even spell it correctly!) than a *unt like you any day of the week. Get back on your sofa in your chuddies.

:spel knob

Pondlife
17th July 2010, 00:34
TBH it depends on what this 30% drop will mean to your quality of life and how good the new gig really is.

If you're sat on a cash cow with no pressure, as others have said, work on plan b, skill up, or find a way of making it more interesting. If it really is dead end (and I've yet to see that in a role that pays top $) and the commute is affecting home life then jump.

Sounds like your sat on 18 months work at your current gig and are happy with the rate. This is gold dust. Unless of course your home life is suffering. If it's just boring, get more involved,

Only you can judge this though.

Durbs
17th July 2010, 07:44
I'd jack and take the local one.

Same here. ***** 3.5 hours in a car.

swamp
17th July 2010, 07:57
Project, Location, Rate.

The local gig sounds better, considering you've got kids.

Also spend the extra time having a good look at your tax situation.... You may be missing a (legitimate) trick or two which would soften the blow to your finances.

d000hg
17th July 2010, 09:40
You're on a contract which pays an excellent daily rate, however the workload is non-existent and the commute isn't great (about 3.5hrs round trip). Given the long time you've been on the project, this contract has the potential to go on till 2011 and maybe even early 2012.

You've been offered a contract elsewhere which is 10minute from home (family with kids) with what appears to be interesting work as well, but it means taking a 30% pay cut.

Would you terminate your existing contract early and jump?

Just wonder what people's priorities are in this present climate.The fact the workload is very low would be a plus point to me, IF the commute was less horrible. You're 'working' 3 hours longer every day which is about 30% (or a bit more) extra. So your effective hourly rate is similar on both contracts.

If the commute was nice I'd take the money and try to find something to do, like work on a plan B project, learn new technologies, read the complete works of Shakespeare, ....

Can't you just tell them "I'm going to work from home when not needed on site"? You can offer an extra hour of being available each day in return, or something.

Or maybe you can get a substitute... sounds like anyone would do if the work is so little... pay them 60% of your good rate and they'll be happy.

TheFaQQer
17th July 2010, 10:31
I would prefer interesting work for less money.

Also depends on whether or not you want to spend time with your spouse. Personally speaking I was always glad to escape.

WHS - I turned down an extension last year because the role was in London and there was nothing to do for 7 1/2 hours of the 8 I spent on site each day.

Spend time with the family - you'll never get that time back again, and will miss seeing the children grow up. I know I do.

cnch
17th July 2010, 15:12
WHS - I turned down an extension last year because the role was in London and there was nothing to do for 7 1/2 hours of the 8 I spent on site each day.

Spend time with the family - you'll never get that time back again, and will miss seeing the children grow up. I know I do.

I don't have any children, so it was just the ex I was escaping from. :happy

alreadypacked
17th July 2010, 15:42
I don't have any children, so it was just the ex I was escaping from. :happy

My suggestion is if you think this is the role take it, otherwise stay where you are and keep looking for the role you really want. I think we all have a way of self sabotaging, if we are doing something we don’t want to do. The problem with self sabotage is you don’t know when things are going to blow up, but it is usually at the wrong time!
I feel you have some self esteem issues at the moment; otherwise you would not even be looking at a role paying 30% less. Get out there do some exercise, have a night out, whatever it takes, get yourself back together. Get yourself in a better frame of mind before you decide anything.

moorfield
17th July 2010, 16:17
Take the second gig and exercise your right of substitution on the first making a margin in the process. You are a proper contractor aren't you ?

lje
19th July 2010, 07:58
Is the rate on the new gig enough? Will you be able to cintinue building a war chest? If so I'd say switch to the new gig. For me the work is important, I want a challenge and enjoy nothing more than something really difficult. A job with not much to do is the worst thing for me. Combine that with something closer to home and you have to ask the question about whether that extra 30% is enough to take you away from your home and make you bored every day.

SofaKingdom
19th July 2010, 08:03
Combine that with something closer to home and you have to ask the question about whether that extra 30% is enough to take you away from your home and make you bored every day.

If it means you can put the additional 30% towards your families future then suffering a little boredom isn't too much to ask is it?

SupremeSpod
19th July 2010, 08:06
If it means you can put the additional 30% towards your families future then suffering a little boredom isn't too much to ask is it?

These days it's very difficult to find the right balance. Until we have kids I'm willing to work my bollocks off. When they're born I want to be around as they grow.

northernladuk
19th July 2010, 08:35
Why would anyone else's priorities have any bearing on your own? :confused:

WHS +1

lukemg
19th July 2010, 09:38
Make certain of this new project, after many different contracts I take everything mentioned about workload and the nature of the work with a pinch of salt until I am in the place. I can’t remember one that turned out close to how it was described.
Having said that, I restrict my location for family reasons and suffer benchtime as a result (and because I am not very good of course).
Sounds like you need a change but maybe try for something a bit closer to current rate before jumping. I would also try to exercise WFH options which will make a huge difference, if they flat-out refuse, at least you will feel a bit better about bailing !

shaunbhoy
19th July 2010, 10:32
These days it's very difficult to find the right balance. Until we have kids I'm willing to work my bollocks off. When they're born I want to be around as they grow.

Can you get a baby seat in the back of an R8 then Spod?

:tongue

lje
19th July 2010, 11:28
If it means you can put the additional 30% towards your families future then suffering a little boredom isn't too much to ask is it?

I'm probably not the right person to ask about this as I'm Child Free (I still find that phrase strange though) and intend to stay that way. Despite that I still have a strong aversion to working away from home - the role and money would have to be fantastic to make up for it (or my warchest would have to be depleted).