Questions relating to employees brought in from outside the company. Usually for a predetermined amount of time or for the duration of a project.

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Postponing international move for a month?

I've been working for an IT company in the EU for the past 10 months, through an outsourcing company based in Eastern Europe. The client I've been working for has invited me to move to their HQ and ...
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4answers
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I am a software contractor and I had to be hospitalized for several days for a mental health condition, now I might lose my job

Basically, past Sunday night I informed my manager via e-mail that I was admitting myself to the hospital. I'd rather not say the exact symptoms but I was not thinking correctly or safely. I have ...
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Average hourly rate [duplicate]

I am a senior ASP.NET/VB.NET website developer/programmer. How can I find out the average hourly 1099 rate for a certain area or the US? Any websites/tools you recommend which are pretty accurate? ...
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How can I avoid making up hours I am taking as PTO? [closed]

I'm a full-time salaried employee for Company A, contracted out to Company B (I am not considered an employee of Company B, though I work in their office). The end of the year is coming, and I have a ...
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5answers
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Can a company force contracted employees to take a vacation? [closed]

The company I work for has a large contractor 'population' and we just received word the company has mandated a 2-week, unpaid vacation for all contractors. With the holidays just around the corner, ...
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State in the contract that software developer delivers only binary code not source code? [closed]

Is it resulting by the assumtion I was hired by a company as software developer then I have to give source code to the payer? As a software developer once I had the impression that partner company ...
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4answers
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How can I “extract” a client from an agency to work with me directly?

I build websites and webapps for companies and agencies. About five years ago, an agency hired me to build out a big website for a client. I host the website on my server but the billing to the client ...
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Are salary and benefits usually balanced?

I am a contract employee for a multinational manufacturer. I have been here for just over 6 months and have a review scheduled with my supervisor next week. I am trying to work towards a permanent ...
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Recruiters are very strongly encouraging me to be a full time employee instead of a contractor. What is their motivation? [closed]

I've been working with some 3rd party recruiters to find my next job. Originally, they were looking for full time positions for me. But in the process of my job search I decided I'd like to try to ...
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3answers
833 views

As a contractor, are on-site perks for you? [closed]

I was hired as a contractor by my former employer almost immediatly after my resignation. I worked from home as much as I could, but they preferred that I worked on-site. The company in question has ...
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Being a contractor with a W2

I'm considering doing some consulting for a company, and I think the normal way contractors are paid is with checks made out directly to them, with no taxes withheld. In other words, it's up to the ...
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2answers
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Is it normal to be given a higher salary (contract) than originally offered by a recruiter?

I recently accepted a full time w-2 contract position and have been working on-site for less than a month. When I initially received the first call back from my recruiter before my first interview, ...
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2answers
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How do I determine what percentage of a billed rate should a software consultant be paid? [closed]

I've worked for a consulting company for about five years and have been doing more work on contracts and budgets. I was surprised to see that my billed rate was more than 50% more than my salary. I ...
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3answers
237 views

W2 vs 1099 - Rate Difference

I've been a full-time employee for a while and just started contracting work end of last year as W2. With the advent of ACA, I just realized that I can get more benefit from the heathcare exchanges ...
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2answers
357 views

On month five of a six month contract, my consulting agency is forcing me to sign an Arbitration Agreement that was not in my original contract [closed]

Update: I have hired an attorney, but would like to get opinions of folks who have encountered situations like this before to see how they handled it. I am not seeking legal advice. First off, I ...
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3answers
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I am ahead of schedule; what to do

I have this simple question: sometimes I am ahead of schedule on the task (software development) that has been given to me. For example, I am supposed to accomplish a task in one month, but I finish ...
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5answers
632 views

Is it appropriate to list a long-term contract job as my employer on social media?

For the last 3 years, I've been working as a contractor, providing services to a large company--let's call it "XYZ". I've chosen not to become a permanent employee of XYZ because my hourly rate as a ...
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1answer
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Delayed Workload - Contractor

I am a software developer, working as a contractor in the UK. I am hired on a 6 month contract and paid at day rate. I am working from home unless I need to attend a meeting. Each month (they pay ...
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2answers
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How should I represent my first short term role on my CV after a very conventional career path?

For the last 9 years I've pursued an extremely conventional IT career path with jobs of 2 - 3 years with increasing responsibilities. As such, my CV nicely represents a "reverse pyramid", with the ...
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3answers
740 views

Should I announce my future resignation before I know a precise date? [duplicate]

I'm a contractor for a small company and I work for a big one, should I announce that I'm already applying for other position elsewhere, or should I close my mouth until I'm sure of the date of my ...
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8answers
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How can I get my colleagues to speak a language I understand?

I'm working in an office where neither French (my native language) nor English (a language I speak pretty nicely) is used as the default language. English is supposed to be used, since we are an ...
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Becoming a I.T Contractor - Need Advice & Tips [closed]

I am currently a full time employee, changes have happened that have made me consider my employment at this company. I been just looking around and seeing if anything better is out there. At first I ...
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Contract extension - when to give an answer

Some background: I'm working as a contractor at a consulting company. Contract ends in a month and I was offered an extension. I want to move on because I'm not really enjoying the work. I don't ...
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2answers
604 views

Two subcontractors want to send me to the same client. How to handle the situation?

I'm currently looking for a job and have been contacted by various companies and agencies. I interviewed with a subcontractor (call them A) and was expecting feedback from them after they reviewed ...
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7answers
2k views

Taking my word back regarding switching to permanent, because I don't like contract

Right now I'm working as a Software Engineer contractor, and I offered my client to become permanent, to give him some security that I won't jump ship in a middle of project (current project is ...
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Trouble agreeing on the following basic contract terms

Working with a company as an independent contractor. What would be a relatively bulletproof way of meeting the two following conditions in the agreement? Contractor is free to work onsite or offsite ...
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Benefits / payroll expense as a bargaining chip?

I find that it is too often the case that decision makers of large organizations use the company's expense of providing medical benefits and payroll as a bargaining chip during a negotiation. It goes ...
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Salary negotiation

My contract is ending very soon. The company I was working for likes my work as a developer and is trying to convert me to perm employee. Management asked me what my expected salary is. I gave a high ...
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4answers
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My manager takes every opportunity to remind me that I am a contractor. Should I feel threatened?

This is my second month in a six month contract at a tech company. I am doing dev work, and I have received a lot of great feedback from upper management, and feel like I am doing a good job. But for ...
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2answers
160 views

What is true contracting work [closed]

I've done some freelance work in the past but mainly got it through a friend. I would consider this "true" contracting. I was given the requirements of the project, made an estimate, billed my ...
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1answer
297 views

Is it possible to work for an overseas contractor without a security clearance? [closed]

I always hear tales of Sysadmins doing overseas contractor work for 6 figures tax-free. I am willing to go overseas, even in a more dangerous country to do IT work. All of the resources I find are ...
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2answers
348 views

Independent contractor turned regular employee resignation

I went to work for very small non-profit. I initially thought it would be a regular job but quickly found out I would be considered a independent contractor. I served in that capacity for nearly a ...
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2answers
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What should I do when I am Not getting paid on time as a contractor

I have started a work as a contractor in a renowned firm 2 months ago. Almost Everyone on my team is a contractor. I have to submit an approved timesheet (by my manager) to my umbrella company, ...
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How do I make companies to consider me for the job irrespective of my very young age?

I am currently 19. Frustrated by education system drop out college and became self guided student. Now, I have learned several things in programming, software engineering,....I feel myself comparable ...
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What is the Main differences between consultant role and Contractor Role? [closed]

I am currently working as contractor to the client from Outsourcing Organization. I have got a latest job offer from consulting organization. And the role is consultant. Here my question is What is ...
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Freelance Conflict of Interest

I am a consultant hired by agents who bid for contracts. I only have about three agents, but they routinely ask me to price out my work or say, "Hey, I'm making this bid, would you do this for $_?" ...
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Is overtime pay for contract workers negotiable?

I know that programmers, IT workers, amongst other fields are exempt from receiving overtime pay and simply get paid for every hour worked (regardless of whether it is over 40hrs / week). My question ...
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How should I condense many short bits of contract work for my CV / resume? [duplicate]

What sort of options are available to the serial contractor who has worked on many projects for 4 - 9 months each and who would like to have a concise CV? My CV currently features a work history ...
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2answers
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Negotiating Contract to hire - E-mail confirmation of asking salary

I have recently been working with a technology recruiter (pretty aggressive personality) to help me find a job. He got on the phone telling me about this 'real contract-to-hire opportunity' he doesn't ...
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3answers
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How can I professionally resolve this conflict with my former employer?

As framing material, I work in a city that might as well be called 'Farmersville' -- very rural focused, despite technically being a city. Farmlands all over the place. As such, it's not exactly the ...
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2answers
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Can I renegotiate my salary on a contract-to-hire conversion to full time employee?

I recently took a contract-to-hire position through a contracting agency. I was an established PHP developer, but the company I'm doing work for now is a Ruby on Rails shop which was seeking ...
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3answers
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When is the best time to ask about my contract status/extension

My contract is going to be up in about 1 month. Since this is my first contracting gig, I don't know how to go about this. Some of my friends have said to ask my boss next wk to give them time to do ...
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How much should my wage be cut when I am directly hired instead of a contractor, and thus receiving benifits?

Another Workplace SE answer describes the situation well in the USA: [Many contractors are employed under] W2, [which] means that you're an employee of the contracting agency. They handle the ...
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Working for a US company, from abroad [closed]

There are now a number of IT companies (including StackExchance itself! :) ) that are looking for candidates all over the world, allowing them to work remotely. I have some questions about this kind ...
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3answers
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What's the best way to go about renegotiating my contract?

I started working as a contractor out of college because with my relative lack of professional experience it seemed like the only kind of work that I could find. Now I'm coming up to month 8 of my ...
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4answers
779 views

As a contractor Is it inappropriate to invoice meetings?

I'm a developer and i'm working on a particular php project. As a contractor, Is it inappropriate to bill for meeting time? Meetings that consist of clarifying scope and intent of work? Or is it not ...
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SharePoint Consultant just writing Excel Macros [closed]

I am an experienced SharePoint Consultant/Contractor with a very solid technical background and excellent refrences. In Decemeber last year, I accepted a 6 month contract of "SharePoint Developer" in ...
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Resume for long career as successful independent contractor/mfg rep in medical industry

I have had a long career as a medical manufacturers' rep and independent contractor under my own corporation. How do I list my accomplishments so hiring managers don't stop when they see I have been ...
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How to answer the question “do you want to change from contractor to employee”?

I've been working as a contractor (through an agency) for a software company for a few months now. Recently, the higher-ups approached me and said that they liked the work I've been doing and asked if ...
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What are the repercussions on my career of quitting a contract job before it expires? [closed]

I have almost 9 months left in my contract and I have an interview with another company next week. I am considering terminating the contract earlier if the company gives me an offer, however I am ...