I recently started a new job. I was hired as a contractor. I was told the work hours would be standard (8am-5pm) but this wasn't written into the agreement. Now my boss is asking me to work over night. This is to be awake during the time people who are in other countries on the team are awake.
The contract is short term but might get renewed. I would like to keep the job for as long as possible. I don't mind working late, but starting at midnight is excessive. The pay for the job is very good. When I started the agreement was I would be working in the office a few days a week. Things changed recently with the policies regarding COVID so I'm working at home and currently using my own computer.
I've never been in a situation like this before and am wondering what kind of questions to ask and what requests would be reasonable. As a contractor, I really should get to decide my own schedule, but the reality is things like this aren't uncommon.
Would it be reasonable to ask for a pay increase? If so, how much? I think they know they are paying me well (which is great) but could use more to pay off school loans. Another thing is I would appreciate to get paid more frequently. Would it be fair to request this or is this too unrelated? Is this a good time to negotiate or not really? I intend to ask for how long would I be working night shifts and would there be any flexibility. For example if the contract gets renewed I would prefer working regular hours again.