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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When hiring a contractor for a gig, how to figure out what to pay them?

I hired a contractor for a very-short term programming gig. But he claimed that he took extra time in doing it. And wanted a bonus. When it came time to pay, I got an email reading : Can you ...
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How should a part-time independent contractor ask for a raise

I work part time for an engineering consulting firm. I have been working there for about 9 months with the last 6 months being very consistent - the engagement built up slowly. My hours vary between ...
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Is it ethical to demand a rate increase in the middle of a contract? [duplicate]

If I engaged in a one year employment contract, and 6 months in I decide I am unhappy with my hourly rate, would it be unethical to demand a rate increase?
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When to ask about contract extension [duplicate]

Today, one of my coworkers was hired on full time from a contract position. This got me a little bit worried about my future at my current company (explanation to follow). I was hired back in ...
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14answers
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Am I morally obligated to use my own time to fix bugs in software projects?

When a project has gone over the allotted hours, am I morally obligated to spend my own time fixing bugs or finishing the project? I've been working about 20 hours per week as a C# programmer for ...
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Independent contractor question [closed]

If you are an independent contractor for an entity with an annual contracting cycle and have been awarded work/appointments (this is for a non-profit interpreter agency) that extend into the next ...
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Is it appropriate for a software contractor to charge outside the contract for project-related tools? [closed]

Software contractor A has been under a remote-working contract to company B for a long-term project. During the time-span of the contract, A wrote some build-related tools, which were included in the ...
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How can a subcontractor or temporary agency comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

If a subcontractor or temporary agency is the legal employer of an individual, how can they comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirement to provide reasonable accommodations to ...
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Pros & Cons of Contracting from Employer's perspective

What are the pros and cons of hiring contractors and consultants from the employer's perspective? If you are a manager, product owner, senior engineer, or someone higher up with the company's better ...
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Recruitment Process and Fixed Term Contract

In my current role, I found out that I was the only person who wasn't offered a permanent role. But a fixed term contract. When I applied I was unaware that this was the case, but due to the ...
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1answer
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Discussing transitioning to a full time position with manager from a contract position

Currently, I am working as a third party contractor to a client in the financial services industry. In approximately 2 months, my contract ends. I enjoy my responsibilities, my coworkers and have a ...
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What are the things to look for in a contact for a software developer working remotely [closed]

I may have an opportunity to work remotely from different country for my current employer. If they do offer me a contract what would be the main points (gotchas) to look for in there from a position ...
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801 views

From contract to permanent (same company) - Is it absurd to ask “whatever you originally paid the contracting company” as my salary?

I'm currently working for a contracting company (X) and I've been assigned to this other company (Y) that needs a web developer. However, I'm planning to leave X after my existing contract and work ...
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Invoice for services as a contract employee

I recently graduated from graduate school and am currently working in a firm under a contract with a staffing agency. Technically, I would be considered a contract employee under the staffing agency ...
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1answer
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Reporting authority when working under a contract agreement [closed]

I arrived at my current position on being placed with the client through a third party staffing firm. The position as stated in the contract I signed is a contractual position with the prospect of ...
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2answers
586 views

I'm going to accept another offer. Who do I tell first: my employer or my team?

I work in software development and was 'hired' by a major company (B) through a staffing agency (A). The agency put me on temp-to-perm assignment with B about six months ago; the contract is at-will ...
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In California, can a contractor get time and a half for overtime if it's in his contract? [closed]

California passed this law making overtime pay exempt for certain employees. If I were an employee, I would be exempt. But, I am about to work as a contractor for a company and I would like to ...
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1answer
114 views

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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2answers
256 views

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
659 views

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
879 views

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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3answers
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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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4answers
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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
885 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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3answers
354 views

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
4k views

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
875 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
570 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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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
2k 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
161 views

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
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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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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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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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6answers
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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
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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
571 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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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 ...