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    My contract ends at the end of the month and I recently signed a 6 month extension a few weeks back extending it until June next year.

    I have since decided that I will move country in April next year so I will only work 3 extra months. I am wondering should I tell this now or wait until beginning of Feb, so that I would give about 2 months notice (In my contract it is 4 weeks notice)

    Also to note I have been here 9 months so far and would start on a new team in January.

    Is leaving a contract early a very bad sign, for future work with the same client? Or if I explain it well it would be fine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jf2010 View Post
    My contract ends at the end of the month and I recently signed a 6 month extension a few weeks back extending it until June next year.

    I have since decided that I will move country in April next year so I will only work 3 extra months. I am wondering should I tell this now or wait until beginning of Feb, so that I would give about 2 months notice (In my contract it is 4 weeks notice)

    Also to note I have been here 9 months so far and would start on a new team in January.

    Is leaving a contract early a very bad sign, for future work with the same client? Or if I explain it well it would be fine?

    If you wanted to manage the relationship with the company and you don't need the work I would tell them now...

    If none of this applies, why would you care, maximize your income, hand in the notice in Feb and wish them well....

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    "Moving country" is a fairly big decision, I'm a bit surprised you signed an extension if you were already considering moving half way through (unless there are other factors involved)
    If you're hoping to work for that client again, then the sooner you tell them the better. From their point of view that gives them a chance to resource up the next project, and they will see that you have some integrity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jf2010 View Post
    My contract ends at the end of the month and I recently signed a 6 month extension a few weeks back extending it until June next year.

    I have since decided that I will move country in April next year so I will only work 3 extra months. I am wondering should I tell this now or wait until beginning of Feb, so that I would give about 2 months notice (In my contract it is 4 weeks notice)

    Also to note I have been here 9 months so far and would start on a new team in January.

    Is leaving a contract early a very bad sign, for future work with the same client? Or if I explain it well it would be fine?
    What are you not telling us???

    This makes no sense. If you’re leaving the country so cannot work for them why do you care?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance View Post
    What are you not telling us???

    This makes no sense. If you’re leaving the country so cannot work for them why do you care?
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    If you're leaving and your legal notice period is 4 weeks, give them the notice when the time is right. You generally don't need to give a reason. If you want to, lie to the agency like they lie to you and just say that your mum's ill and you need extended time off to leave the country and care for her.
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    It is outside UK so no IR35 in this case

    Yeah that's true I'll be leaving the country but just want to keep it good on the off-chance of working there again. But it is a good point, I think I'll just work up to my notice period and let them know then.

    Thanks for the pointers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dx4100 View Post
    If you wanted to manage the relationship with the company and you don't need the work I would tell them now...

    If none of this applies, why would you care, maximize your income, hand in the notice in Feb and wish them well....
    Feb it is then. The OP could always advise that they have two weeks' holiday booked in March and then give four weeks' notice before it starts.
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    Why wouldn't you first try to negotiate to complete the contact remotely from your new country?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidot View Post
    Why wouldn't you first try to negotiate to complete the contact remotely from your new country?
    Good idea, but already tried requesting remote on a couple of occasions and it didn't fly (for anything more than a day)

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