The company I'm asking about hires a lot of remote workers, for various projects, and seems to prefer working through freelancing sites (upwork, for example.) During initial talks I mentioned what I would have expected as a wage in USD (as requested by the company) which would have put my hourly rate at just over the national minimum. The amount that was quoted back to me was just over 3/4 of my initial "expectation" quote, with the additional stipulation that the agency would be taking 10% of that as well.
Accepting these terms would leave me well under what would be considered a "living wage" here in the UK.
I am genuinely in the dark about this, despite searching government websites. Is this a legal business practice? Shall I proceed with talks, as some money is better than no money, in the hopes I can increase my value to the company, and in turn, my wage? Or do I keep looking for other options?