Decent agencies? Decent agencies?
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    Default Decent agencies?

    I’m in the NW and considering a contract because I’m not getting much freelance work ATM. Say if I was a PHP developer and specialised in the Symfony framework but didn’t want any contracts in other frameworks (which there are loads) are there any agencies who aren’t ignorant towards this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoleTrader View Post
    I’m in the NW and considering a contract because I’m not getting much freelance work ATM. Say if I was a PHP developer and specialised in the Symfony framework but didn’t want any contracts in other frameworks (which there are loads) are there any agencies who aren’t ignorant towards this?
    it's not about the agencies per se. It's the agents. Every agency has good ones and bad ones. A bit like any business.
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    Yeah. Concentrate on the job. The agent and agency will be geographically unrelated to the location of the job.

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    Applied for a role on Wednesday, missed a couple of the agent’s calls. Managed to speak to them today. Said my skill set looks a great fit as I’ve a few years experience of the framework the client uses. Told me the location, about 45 miles away and could work 1 day a week from home. He asked me my day rate quite early on, the indeed advert said £320-£400/day, so I just said market rate. He then asked again and I said something like £350. Then he said he’s on a fixed rate or something and it’s £340/day, would that be ok? I said yes put me forward. Agent said it’s difficult finding a contractor with the skill set they need in a commutable distance. I’m not too fussed about the rate as it’s still not bad and the 3 month contract will be more than I’ve earnt in the past year freelance. Agent then sent a word doc over which said £300-340 lol. Got a phone interview next week with one of the client’s developers.

    Haven’t had an interview or worked at an office in a good few years, bit nervous about everything!

    Anyone have any advice for trying to get a bit higher day rate? For instance if I somehow pass the interviews and the client wants me, what could I say to the recruiter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoleTrader View Post
    Applied for a role on Wednesday, missed a couple of the agent’s calls. Managed to speak to them today. Said my skill set looks a great fit as I’ve a few years experience of the framework the client uses. Told me the location, about 45 miles away and could work 1 day a week from home. He asked me my day rate quite early on, the indeed advert said £320-£400/day, so I just said market rate. He then asked again and I said something like £350. Then he said he’s on a fixed rate or something and it’s £340/day, would that be ok? I said yes put me forward. Agent said it’s difficult finding a contractor with the skill set they need in a commutable distance. I’m not too fussed about the rate as it’s still not bad and the 3 month contract will be more than I’ve earnt in the past year freelance. Agent then sent a word doc over which said £300-340 lol. Got a phone interview next week with one of the client’s developers.

    Haven’t had an interview or worked at an office in a good few years, bit nervous about everything!

    Anyone have any advice for trying to get a bit higher day rate? For instance if I somehow pass the interviews and the client wants me, what could I say to the recruiter?
    Get the gig and then quote them 375.
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