RE: contractor rate

Subject: RE: contractor rate
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 06:43:34 -0700 (PDT)

Little story. Prior to where I am now, I was contacted by an agency
for a gig and the proposed rate was $50/hr. I interviewed and it went
real well. I get a call from the agency that they wanted to hire me,
but for a reduction of $5 per hour, for a rate of $45.

I'd been "between gigs" for about 5 months and was starting to feel
the squeeze, so I accepted it.

I should have taken it as a sign of more things to come. To make a
long story short, it turned out that I had to quit the gig (B&
because they (the agency, not the client) stopped paying me with
$8,000 owed and would not release me from my contract to go direct.
To add insult to injury, turned out that the client never balked at
the rate, the agency did this to get the extra $5.

> I did need it real bad and while thing have improved in the Bay
> area,
> they haven't improved to the point where people are competing for
> my services.
> If this was a better market, I would have been more aggressive.
> But I see your point :)
> > lower (7 dollars per hour lower) than the one they originally
> > quoted you at?
> >
> > I took the position but I did ask them about the rate change just
> > to make sure I wasn't the one who was in error about the original
> > rate.
> > They said my original understanding was correct but then
> > re-evaluated their costs and decided they didn't want to pay the
> > rate the originally quoted me. I didnt like this but hey, I
> > needed the money so I meekly tucked by figurative tail between
> > my legs and took the job.
> That's what they were hoping you would do. You realize that 7/hr is
> over $1,000 per month, right? (7X40X4) I'd have to need it REAL bad
> to swallow that...that's almost my monthly mortgage payment.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer

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