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    Make up a number that helps you negotiate the next rate


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    Quote Originally Posted by siphr View Post
    Hello,

    I would occasionally get contacted by an agency (this time it was Parallel Consulting) who is adamant that I disclose my past rates. I find it quite sneaky. I think the only reason they want to know this so that they can negotiate a rate down. They is either the client or an agency who is operating on a margin.
    What are your views on this?

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    Sign an NDA with your own company and then tell the agency you have an NDA in place. Then tell them your rate for this piece of work.
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    Ask them how much they earn...
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    Quote Originally Posted by darmstadt View Post
    Ask them how much they earn...
    And what % of that they spend on hair gel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darmstadt View Post
    Ask them how much they earn...
    And what their percentage rake is.

    For my part, I quote as what am aiming for and don't let it bother me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siphr View Post
    Hello,

    I would occasionally get contacted by an agency (this time it was Parallel Consulting) who is adamant that I disclose my past rates. I find it quite sneaky. I think the only reason they want to know this so that they can negotiate a rate down. They is either the client or an agency who is operating on a margin.
    What are your views on this?

    Thanks.
    Correct. If they've got a role paying say £500 and you tell them the last role paid you £400 then they know you were happy with £400 so they'll pay you £400 and pocket the rest.

    Lie. Work out what market rate is and a add a bit to it. Not too much or it'll be obvious. Tell them that was last rate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by siphr View Post
    Exactly my perspective! I operate a business, agency operates a business and the client operates a business. The lady on the phone had a really bad attitude after that, kept saying its our requirement, then said it is how i operate, then changed it to the client has asked for it. To all of this I simply had said earlier on that if you think you cannot proceed without that information then that is reasonable and I'd accept that so let us not proceed. But she just wouldn't put the phone down saying I do not understand why...
    Good riddance, I say!
    Why get into an argument just lie......
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    Quote Originally Posted by psychocandy View Post
    Why get into an argument just lie......
    And so the race to the bottom continues. I know lying has the potential to make dealing with agents easier but is it really not possible to find a way to act ethically and honestly in these situations? (without rolling over)

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    Quote Originally Posted by man View Post
    And so the race to the bottom continues. I know lying has the potential to make dealing with agents easier but is it really not possible to find a way to act ethically and honestly in these situations? (without rolling over)
    So I see you've met PC. Plenty more of that to come.
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    man/nluk - dont talk bollacks....

    We all know that being honest and truthful to "some" agents is just going to mean they take the piss. Not all - some agents I know and trust.

    If you want that warm fuzzy feeling that you've told nothing but the truth to the agent, then fair enough but hes laughing his nuts off drinking his pint in the pub with the £50 a day hes shafted you for.
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