I just started a short-term contract freelance development position at a startup, and I got the position through a recruiter. There was a verbal agreement where the position would last about 2-3 weeks, but five days in, the startup wants to hire me. I am interested in taking an offer. They emailed me asking for my salary requirements etc, and I wonder if it would be to my advantage to include the recruiter in this conversation. This recruiter sets up contract-based work, and I am skeptical that he may have an incentive to have me continue other jobs for him, but he may also provide useful info.
This position with the startup is my first job with this recruiter, and I am trying to do my best. It apparently worked, and I am interested in taking the job. I am early in my SDE career, and I do not have any job offers. I want to get the most out of this position, and I have been working ~10-12 hours a day, but I do not yet know much about this startup that is about to hire me.
At the start of the job (5 days ago), the recruiter told me he doesn't have much information about the startup or the position, but would it help me to include the recruiter in the job negotiation process? Could it hurt me?
If I contact the recruiter, in what ways can he help me?
Also, I am getting paid through the recruiter.