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I accepted a position through a recruiting agency and was told that I would be a contractor for no more than four months, at which point I would become a salaried employee, receive a substantial pay raise, and become eligible for benefits and bonuses.
Now that I've been working for a little over two months, my supervisor informed me that the company is having some financial difficulties and they won't be able to hire me until next Spring.
I have several costs to handle (health insurances, education degree, etc.), that are growing more every time. I love the company and don't want to leave but I'm not sure if I'll be able to afford to make ends meet.
Would it be acceptable to ask for an increase in my hourly wage and if so, how should I go about it, i.e., should I ask my supervisor directly or should I ask the recruiting agency to negotiate on my behalf?