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    Quote Originally Posted by WTFH View Post
    Sorry, I didn’t write my post very clearly.
    What I meant was “Yes it’s possible to get those rates in some fields of contracting with the right experience”
    With a separate question of “What sort of chartered engineer are you?”
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    I'm a control systems engineer and from what I've seen £50ph is a fairly good rate, anything above £60 is bloody marvelous and hardly ever happens, you'd need a very specific skillset for that and even then you need to know the right people to get your foot through the door and it would most likely last 3-6months. Top level for this sort of positions if you are a permie would be 50-60k, so your dilemma of £50ph vs 50k seems about right.

    Also ditto on the comments re suggesting £800-1000, imho they would think you are bonkers, no way is that achievable (regardless how much I'd want it). Maybe 10-15 years ago would get you that in the O&G industry working in Saudi, but not now based in the UK.

    Last job add from BAE I've seen was £53ph and that was in the middle of nowhere, required SC clearance and British nationality (nuclear related work).

    One last thing, chartered imho means nothing if they clash you against someone with 20 years of experience (imho it adds nothing overall but I understand some people might disagree with this).

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    Chartered status has been devalued by all the piss poor military officers getting it.

    The MOD is stuffed full of retired military officers, apparently chartered, who are completely and utterly clueless. All given the job on the old boys network.

    Makes "chartered" a laughing stock.

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    I work in the engineering industry (offshore oil & gas, wind) on major engineering and construction projects ($1bn+ projects).

    GBP 1,000/day is definitely top-end. I've had higher than that in the past but that was in pretty demanding conditions (remote and challenging location, long rotations away from home etc etc)

    Chances of getting 1k/day are slim, especially if you are looking at a Mon-Fri cushy office job in a nice place like London, even less anywhere else in the UK.

    My current dayrate, including benefits (client provides apartment, flights, per diem etc) works out around GBP 850/day (Europe-based). However I've got almost 30 years experience.

    Don't turn away 500-600/day jobs, because there are plenty folk out there who will work for 400-500/day while you're on the bench waiting for the magical 1,000/day job.

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    So... my post seems to have stured up the "are you mad / not read up about IR35 / are you a rocket scientist" whirlpool lol.
    No, I'm not mad, just in a steady job on 50ish K that I know will go up to about 60k just by be not killing anyone in the meantime. So, though I was flattered to be somewhat hounded for my very very particular skill set (massively narrow but literally a handful of people will have the knowledge) I thought I could ask for more.
    Also, my present employer very occasionally lets me do consultancy and it is £1000/day (I get half), so I just wondered...
    I asked the agency about a higher rate, they said they'd see, but as they haven't got back to me I assume they'd rather employ a couple of people or someone with half the knowledge and save some money.
    It seems people on here think 90k contracting V 52k perm is a no brainer, but seriously, once all the costs are added on plus the fact you need to save a buffer for bench time taken out if that, mortgate hassle etc it doesn't look that attractive.
    The IR35 rules seem so subjective I don't know if it would affect me. As I read it it was meant to capture those gaming the system, not genuine contractors.

    But thanks fir the thoughts, very useful . Unless they up their offer i'll be clocking in as usual for my fairly low stress job

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbadger View Post
    It seems people on here think 90k contracting V 52k perm is a no brainer, but seriously, once all the costs are added on plus the fact you need to save a buffer for bench time taken out if that, mortgate hassle etc it doesn't look that attractive.
    That's not how I read responses. I read them as "that's the market, its up to you".

    Quote Originally Posted by fatbadger View Post
    Also, my present employer very occasionally lets me do consultancy and it is £1000/day (I get half), so I just wondered...
    I'm now wondering why thought that people who don't know you might pay you double what your current employer, who does know the quality of your work, pays you? It sounds like the external offer is market rate for what you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbadger View Post
    So... my post seems to have stured up the "are you mad / not read up about IR35 / are you a rocket scientist" whirlpool lol.
    No, I'm not mad, just in a steady job on 50ish K that I know will go up to about 60k just by be not killing anyone in the meantime. So, though I was flattered to be somewhat hounded for my very very particular skill set (massively narrow but literally a handful of people will have the knowledge) I thought I could ask for more.
    Also, my present employer very occasionally lets me do consultancy and it is £1000/day (I get half), so I just wondered...
    I asked the agency about a higher rate, they said they'd see, but as they haven't got back to me I assume they'd rather employ a couple of people or someone with half the knowledge and save some money.
    It seems people on here think 90k contracting V 52k perm is a no brainer, but seriously, once all the costs are added on plus the fact you need to save a buffer for bench time taken out if that, mortgate hassle etc it doesn't look that attractive.
    The IR35 rules seem so subjective I don't know if it would affect me. As I read it it was meant to capture those gaming the system, not genuine contractors.

    But thanks fir the thoughts, very useful . Unless they up their offer i'll be clocking in as usual for my fairly low stress job
    Couple of things mate:

    1 - I am among the ones that never said 1k/day was impossible... it is possible from my own experience but highly dependent on the circumstances.

    2 - if your "employer" is paying you 50k pa but the occasional 1k/day which is split 50/50.... come on! That's just a scam. You know it, I know it and everyone else knows it. No way is a 50k pa role equivalent to a 1k/pd role.

    That said.... good luck!! I have virtually never posted on this board because it seems to be (self-imposed) limited to IT folks. But rest assured, there are very many LtdCo people in other (proper!) engineering roles. I have been Ltd in one form or another, in various countries, for over 20 years.

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