Questions tagged [contracting]

Questions related to the act of being a contractor up to and including the projects one is working on and the contract one is bound by

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Retracting employment after accepting offer

I accepted an at-will contract offer with Company X, and before the employment start date I interviewed with and received a job offer from Company Y. I prefer the offer from Company Y and I intend to ...
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As a freelancer, how do I handle a client not responding when I want to discuss future availability?

I have started as a freelancer a couple of months ago (as from July) in the data management area. I thought that I found my luck when my ex-employer (a consultancy company) proposed a contract to keep ...
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Staffing agency says I won't get paid to pick up equipment required by client. Should I push back?

I just got placed through a staffing agency, in the state of California. I'm expected to drive to a client's location and pick up some equipment to use to work from home for the duration of the ...
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Having to train someone 'by the back door' as a contractor

I'm a contractor (UK) who's been with a client a couple of year. I'm the only, and very experienced, software developer on a particular high profile project. The client has hired someone new to ...
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Former client/employer owes me (a contractor) money, reluctant to pay

I've found myself in a situation I've never really dealt with before. I used to work for a small startup in Hungary, as a contractor. Unfortunately, the pandemic hit, and in early April, the company ...
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What are my rights regarding IP (in UK) when there was no written contract and business never paid fully for the code

Hope you will be able to help me here. I do not really know if this is the correct place to ask such questions. In 2014 I started to work for a certain company – the setup was that I was hired by my ...
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Software company I contract for is unreponsive to my requests for feedback

I work remotely as a software engineering contractor. I believe, and have been told, that I made valuable contributions during my time with the company. However my work for the past three months ...
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Is it normal for an EU contractors to be put on the recruitment company's payroll instead of the end customer's?

I have recently started receiving calls from recruiters in Switzerland, so I am not overly familiar with the recruitment processes and practices in that particular country and this might be absolutely ...
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How to evaluate business-to-government startup as prospective employee

I received a job offer from a research and development startup whose revenue stream comes from government contracting for defense and intelligence agencies. I am not familiar with business-to-...
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Learned Professional Exemption as an Hourly Employee

I'm working as a contract engineer for a staffing company, and I'm contracted full-time to an engineering consultancy. I'm listed as an exempt employee on my offer letter, but I don't know if I ...
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When should a company hire developers versus outsourcing them?

I am trying to create a web and mobile application. But I am confused between hiring developers or just outsourcing the project. Some people say it's better to outsource your project, but when I ...
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Why does it seem like companies are biased against Corp-to-Corp (C2C) contractors?

I am in Maryland, USA, and have worked as a consultant for close to two decades. Switching to C2C seems to be difficult and yet so many other companies are doing it. I don’t understand what I am ...
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Invoices (owed to me) always late; also late on deliverables (me to them); past monies disputes; being strongarmed

Let me expand on the title as it is directly relevant: I am 26 and this is my first contracting experience, being contracted by this company. The only stipulation is $70 an hour. This is in Australia,...
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Can/Should I apply to client directly after agency failed to negotiate salary with client?

Some agency found me on linkedin and sent me job offer with a fixed rate of £380/day. Upon receiving specifics about the job, I sent my CV and they said they forwarded it to the client. The guy that ...
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Does $90 / hr convert to 145k salary? [closed]

I received an offer for $90 / hour as a full time 1099 contractor for 40 hours a week with zero benefits based in the US (Bay Area) that would convert to full time w2 salary with health / vacation ...
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Client mis-managing my (contractor) work

I'm a newly-minted (~1yr) contractor, providing specialist technical services (Machine Learning). I am on my second job; first one was great (more on that below) and in fact they referred me on to my ...
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How can I become a contractor for a company I already work for full-time?

I am kind of an odd position where I am looking for supplemental income, it isn't that I am not being paid enough, but rather I am trying to better prepare for the future, and prepare for a debt free ...
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Contract of application migration project (i.e. build software application for another OS) [closed]

I've been approached by a company and they told me that they have a application migration/porting project (i.e. building application source written for one operating system, for another operating ...
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My shift got cancelled, someone wants to explain the reason by phone; how should I take it?

I work for a few different marketing agencies. They get contracts with different clients to promote their products in retail stores. For a month I had been scheduled to work a particular shift that I ...
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Is it possible to resign from a contract to hire position? [closed]

Is it possible to resign from a contract-to-hire position before the contract expires ?
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Differential Noticeperiod issue

I have had a Limited company UK contract, with an Agency and worked at their end-client. After working for a few months, my role was suddenly terminated by the client (i.e. the end client, no reason ...
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Starting software development contracting [closed]

I am going to start software development contracting after more than 5 years as a perm in London. I want to contract via ltd company. I don't know where to start. Should I open a ltd company and a ...
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Long notice period for fixed term contract; is it appropriate? [closed]

I am evaluating the first employment contract in the UK for a mid senior position as a software and algorithm developer. They offered me a fixed-term contract for 3 years with a 3 months period notice....
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Is it normal to have a staggered rate contract with $0/hr at one level?

My contracting rate is a similar structure to the following (with the numbers changed): $10/hr for less than 24 hours $8/hr for 24 hours or longer I have been talking with a client about some work ...
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Released my first web application and I got a job offer to do contracting work. I dont know what to do [closed]

I am a system administrator by trade, but I want to move in to web development. I started learning on my spare time and I released my first personal project and have gotten positive feedback and an ...
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What do you call this type of contractor?

When I google "software contracting" I find that it often refers to developers who are working on fixed-price contracts ie building an app or website for someone at a price. But where I live, most of ...
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If I accept job offer from client, would it make it awkward with coworkers from current contractor? [closed]

I was recently offered a position with a client that I contract for. They said they would match my salary and give me their benefits, which are presumably better since they are government-ish. The job ...
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App startup founder wants my help to solve urgent software engineering problem affecting considerable percent of users - says will give a token sum [closed]

App startup founder wants my help to solve urgent software engineering problem that affects a considerable percentage of users - Says will give a token sum. It is a problem that the founder's in-...
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Should I end contact with a employment agency if I have a tentative offer from the same target company?

I was contacted for contract work by a employment agency for a position for a company I really wanted to work for as a full time employee; the agency offered a contract role for 12 months. However, ...
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Legal obligation for agents to report contractor NI numbers to HMRC [closed]

I have been offered a six month contract, as a PSC (personal services company). The recruiter has asked for my NI number, to which I responded "Do one". However, they insisted that they have a legal ...
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How to negotiate contract extension to 3 months without disclosing reason?

I recently started contracting as a software developer. After some difficulty I have signed my first contract which is due to start soon, for an initial 3 months. I have decided that in another 6-7 ...
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How to renegotiate permanent job into a contract

I have been working with a company for less then a year as a permanent employee, I'm on a good salary and have passed my probation period. They have lots of projects going on and they already hired a ...
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My boss gave me an end date for my job- but he wants a very complex project done before then

I've been working as a software engineer contractor for the last year and a half, at a company that has been promising to onboard me as a full employee for over seven months. However, I was recently ...
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As a contractor should I bill my hours even if there's no work?

I have a contract with a fairly large company doing a specialized task. The contract states I will work a maximum of 10 hours a week for 8 months. Because of this, I have allocated 10 hours a week of ...
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Is it acceptable/appropriate to cut a contract short to take a vacation?

I'm currently on a six-month contract and there is a cruise I would like to go on that overlaps with the final days of my contract. I can see a pro and a con to asking for this. Pro: Taking a ...
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Doing independent contracting during vacation time [closed]

I've had my first full-time job for almost 3 months when I got an opportunity to teach a 2-week course for another company on a technology that my current company is about to start using next year. ...
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As an outsourced employee, is it reasonable to ask for benefits that regular employees have on business trips?

I work for company A. My company outsources 10-15 people (including myself) to company B. I go to a business trip to a foreign country as the only person from company A (there are a few people from ...
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Can a contract require a contractor to not disclose their pay (in the USA) [closed]

My friend says that she's signed a contract that prohibits her from disclosing how much the contract is for. She's playing piano in a show, if that makes a difference. Is this legal? I know employees ...
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Contract Expired, carried on working for 3 years

I've been working at a place as a consultant for just over 3 years... I signed a contract but was never sent a copy... A month ago they told me (verbally, nothing ever in writing) that there wasn't ...
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UK - Being Made Redundant and coming back as a Contractor

Backgound I currently work in the Southcoast in the UK for my employer. They are shutting our site (my contracted place of work) and making the whole workforce redundant and moving the site to Oxford....
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Is there a ballpark industry standard for recruiter fees? [closed]

I've been dealing with a recruiter recently who - as far as I can see - doesn't have a transparent fees structure. In my current role - from talking to the manager I found that the recruiter takes ...
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Should I commit to a job I cannot afford to keep? [closed]

An agency is submitting me to a job that has plenty of upsides, except for the pay. The jobs I typically get, and the ones I've been applying to lately, pay about twice what this one does. I will have ...
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My work contract was renewed - should my PTO days get renewed too? [closed]

I started a work contract in August 2017, which came with 10 days of paid time off. I was not actually given access to my contracting company's PTO system until December 2017 though, so until the end ...
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Freelance programmers: do you charge when you get stuck?

I'm contracting with an awesome company that gives me challenging work and is very supportive. Occasionally I can't figure out why my code isn't working. Classic programming, but I feel bad billing ...
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How do I ask my employer for a contract after working here for nearly 3 years without one? [closed]

I work for a small company that has only 4 employees (2 directors and 2 workers). I am one of the 2 workers. I have been working for this company from its beginning. They did not give me a contract ...
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Change in attitudes from contractor to employee [closed]

I started work at a company as a contracted software engineer that was brought in to build some software to help the company communicate with their external clients. The people were helpful and sort ...
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Show 2 current jobs in my resume?

I am working with 2 companies, one full-time and one part-time. Should I only show my full-time company on my resume or both when applying for a new job? Both of these jobs are in the same field of ...
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Disclosing conflicts of interest after one company decides to switch strategy

I'm working on delivering a training module on conflicts of interest and professional ethics, and I got asked an interesting question: Serina is an independent contractor working for both company X ...
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How can I retain intellectual property of a specific project?

I have been working on contract for 4 years developing software. (and more than a decade before that as a regular employee elsewhere) The contract is conventional in that the work I do for them ...
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Can I list in my CV company that I work for, but not employed? [duplicate]

After graduation I was hired by big well-known international company (say "Company X") for an entry-level contractor position, that means that technically my employer is not Company X, but third-party ...