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I know that this we are supposed to keep it clean on the messages but
agencies are glorified labor pimps. Agencies whether dealing with employers
or employees are only concerned with the bottom line (just like a pimp). By
the nature of the business they can't get "attached" to an employee because
the nature of the jobs or temporary. Some might argue that If you think
that they are not concerned about the bottom line, ask them to show you the
bill rate they charge the company.
From: Anthony Markatos [SMTP:tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2000 9:14 AM
Subject: RE: Hourly Rate & Per Diem??
Tony Markatos responds to Len Humbird's (below) comments that per
typically dollars above and beyond hourly pay:
Thanks Len, this is valuable information. If so (and I have no
doubt), then agencies have been trying to "snooker" me. I have been
with several agencies about remote contract positions. To be
have told me that per diem is a subtraction from posted (or
hourly rate - not separate dollars above and beyond the hourly pay.
As you can well imagine, this is a significant chunk of change!
Many agencies (W2) act surprised if I ask if the per diem is dollars
and beyond posted (or negotiated) hourly rate - like such is unheard
Any other experiences would be greatly appreciated.
(tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com)
Len Humbird (originally) said:
You could make assumptions like these, but it's not how all
this. A per diem could be negotiated as completely unrelated to your
paycheck rate or wage.
I posted about this two years ago (check the archives for "per
one agency, They took the per diem out of my wages, to the tune of
$10/hr. I got a weekly "tax-free" per diem check as well as a
(puny)paycheck. No receipts were involved. Some on the list thought
absurd to consider that per diem was subtracted from the wage/rate.
questioned the validity of the so-called non-taxable nature of that
check. (The per diem amount was not included in my annual wage
thus reducing my taxable income.) Still others considered the per
amount that I quoted to be unreasonably low.
This link is a little out of date, but it shows GSA per diem rates
Use it as a guide to what's reasonable and customary:
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