Well, I am working for 2 years in one company, but recently I got an offer from a pretty big company (> 1000 people) to work abroad as a full stack programmer.

I was told that I would be moving the first day of work, and that I can stay there as long as I want to. It's an outsourcing company that hires people and sends them to different clients abroad. The client I was supposed to work for is even bigger corporation.

I agreed on a salary, signed a deal, got ready, told everyone about this - cool. The company has great opinions, everything seemed legit.

But today I got a call from this company that they moved all people from abroad to my country, and that they decided they have too much people. I was told I have thus nothing to do, and I'll be waiting till something gets resolved, while being paid normally. I also got told there's more chance for another project for me, for another client, also abroad, but in different technologies that I don't know and don't want to know.

So I don't know if, and when, I'll be moving abroad (that was the main reason for me to change jobs). I also don't know what I'll be doing after I start the job. I know nothing.

What steps should I take to protect myself?

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    Are you sure they lied? It seems possible they honestly intended to send you abroad, but there was a high level change in plan since the job offer. They are doing their best to minimize the damage to you by paying you to do nothing. Feb 22, 2017 at 15:38
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    @PatriciaShanahan That is a good point, but they won't continue to do that normally at a consultancy company for very long.
    – Neo
    Feb 22, 2017 at 15:40
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    What exactly are you wanting to achieve here? You are not getting fired and are still getting paid full salary.
    – David K
    Feb 22, 2017 at 15:41
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    There's a big difference between "they lied to me" and "their plans changed dramatically". Feb 22, 2017 at 15:42
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    I agree with @MisterPositive. They may find work for the OP fairly soon, but the OP should spend the time job hunting and learning additional skills. Feb 22, 2017 at 15:42

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Where you are currently is called being on the bench. This in of itself is not uncommon for short periods of time while the company looks for a suitable placement for you.

It is not normal at all for them to hire you fresh without a suitable position already in place for you to work. At this point your an expense, that has not brought in the any positive cash flow.

Never mind the fact you were supposed to go abroad, which they may have well intended to do for you at the time discussions occurred, but in business sometimes things change drastically very quickly.

Your situation would make me very uncomfortable, and I would start looking for a new position post haste.


You've learned a hard way you need to read your contract instead of hearing what the recruiter is saying to you. The best way to protect you in the future is to stick to what is written and not what is promised.

You've said you are working for outsourcing company. Your situation looks quite normal for such companies. They produce nothing, they earn money on lending people for companies that need them. Because they have no guarantee they will get some work for people they hire, they like to 'share' risk with their employees via not-so-decent fixed salary paid when 'in-house' and much more better money when you actually work for client. The 2nd one was what was promised to you, the problem is, getting work for client is practically independent from you.

The good news, your company will do everything to get you work for client, because otherwise, even with lower salary, you are the pure cost. The bad news, no guarantee they will success and it's even not dependent on you.

On the other hand, outsourcing often means better money, so many people accept that, even if for 2-3 months in year they sit in-house getting half-money or even no-money. In any case, you should always read contract before signing so not to be disappointed when not everything is so bright as HRman have said.

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