Questions tagged [contractors]

Questions relating to employees brought in from outside the company. Usually for a predetermined amount of time or for the duration of a project.

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How does overtime work for hourly contractors? [closed]

As an hourly contractor how does overtime typically work? I have been keeping under the 8hrs/day, but due to university commitments will be shifting a significant portion of my hours onto the weekends ...
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As a contractor, is it normal to supply your own computer and install the client's (proprietary) software on it?

I had a short term contract. Given how short it was, I initially thought there wouldn't be much of a learning curve or on boarding process. I was wrong. Through out the duration of the contract it ...
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It seems my client thought my contract was up a few days before it actually was. Now telling me just to invoice for the rest

I had been working for a contractor who needed help with a client of his. He had made a renewal offer for my contract but then rescinded it (apparently it was a joint decision with the client). It was ...
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Client verbally tells me it's ok to take days off whenever but generally wants 5 days a week. Should I get this in contract?

I work as a contractor. The expectation is I work Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm and to inform them if I'm not going to be in on a given day. This is to be on the same schedule as the rest of the team. ...
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As a subcontractor, how to negotiate to get paid in a reasonable time?

I work as a subcontractor for a contractor. My contract is up for renewal. There is a term I would like to change. The term states that me getting paid is contingent on him getting paid. I don't think ...
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Does time spent setting up work environment count towards hours worked? [closed]

I recently started a job as a contractor. My boss wants a written daily report detailing what I will do today and what I did yesterday and how much time was spent on each item. The level of detail he ...
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New job suddenly has big change in work schedule (not COVID)

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....
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Meaning of “contractor’s site”

I am applying for a contract position, and the application said: Location: Work will be conducted primarily off-site at the contractor’s site Is this like work at home or at the contract company's ...
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As a contractor are you expected to supply all of your own tools?

If you work as a contractor, are you expected to provide all your own tools? Who normally pays for them? Are these type of things normally discussed and agreed in the contract before work starts? What ...
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Client now wants me to use my own laptop and software, but it's not fully licensed

I recently started a new job as a contractor. It had been my understanding the computer and software I would be using would be supplied to me, but I guess I should have made that clear in the contract....
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How to make most of short term job with steep learning curve

I recently started a new job. It's less than 2 months long but there's a chance for extension. I'm really glad I got it because I really needed money and it's in an field I want to get into. I was ...
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How to ask for employment terms in writing without coming across as not trusting?

I met someone at a networking event. The other day he called me up and offered me a job. I accepted it. Prior to this we had a brief in person meeting regarding the job. To my understanding, he works ...
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As a contractor, how do I ask my employer for a new laptop?

Some backstory: December 2019 I started as a full-time employee at a software development company. They outsourced me for a German project. There were many red flags and I had to leave. I continued ...
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Is there any benefit to being a W2 at-will employee without benefits or salary versus a 1099 contractor?

My friend has a W2 100% commission job. He looked for a W2 because too many 1099 jobs were scams. However, this job has: No benefits (health, dental, etc) No base salary Completely at-will - ...
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How to gracefully quit my non-contract position fulfilling a contract agreement my company made?

I'm a full-time, salaried, W2 employee in the US of an out-of-state Company A. I go to work everyday at Company B in a city/state where I reside. The 1 year contract is between these two companies, ...
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How should I handle a job change for a client as a provider?

I'm quite in a situation where I don't know how to react properly. I'm a provider from another company in a mission at my client's office and I've been here for a year and a half now. Today my boss ...
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Agency offering unknown ir35 status

I have an agency looking to offer an unknown IR35 (Incoming UK tax law) status, and then come April, potentially offering a new contract if it's deemed inside [IR35]. Is this an absolute minefield ...
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How can it be legal to have a contractor do the same job as a regular employee?

This may be a strange question and I may have some misunderstandings. In my experience it's not unusual for a contractor to be doing the same work as a regular employee. For example if a firm needs ...
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Late contract and compensation request

I was offered a job in Germany starting in January 1st, 2020 stated in my hosting agreement. After arrival I was asked to obtain a residence permit otherwise I cannot sign a contract. I mentioned to ...
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Background check and contractor in a company

I am currently doing a background check as part of my onboarding process with a large investment bank in the UK. On my resume I put just the name of company A but I was an external employee. I was a ...
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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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How do you keep a controlling freelancer under control

Recently my company hired a freelancer to take on some of the workload. While I wasn't there the freelancer has started to manage the entire project and messed up the original plan. The other guy ...
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Which company name to write when signing in as a subcontractor?

I'll soon have my first day with my new client and I'm a subcontractor. I don't expect to have an employee badge the first day so I guess I should sign in as any visitor at the front desk (unless ...
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My boss and I disagreed over my invoice so she fired me [closed]

I work part time for a company that does special events. The other day someone wasn't able to make it to their shift. I replied to management's last minute request and volunteered to take the shift. ...
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Rejecting a contracting offer accepted “on my behalf”

(I have searched for similar questions, but could not find any related to contracting positions. I'm new to the world of contract work and am not sure what the proper procedures are.) I've been job-...
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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 do I make my manager take my concerns about a more experienced contractor seriously?

I am the only technical employee in a young business which develops a technical product. The bulk of the development is done by a team of contractors. I have many concerns about the way the ...
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Being told that I can't have a raise because of contract restrictions

I work at a large international company, but technically sent here as a contract worker for a 3rd party. Initially, this job was basic phone tech support. There is also a "second level" that they can ...
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Contract Position with Low Target Rate, Negotiate or Walk Away? [closed]

I've been contacted by a recruiter who's filling some contract roles. The prospect seems OK, it's 6 months W2 with a "likely" extension (I'm not putting any stock in that promise, to be sure)...
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Grounds for terminating contractors

Suppose a person is doing an incredible job at work (e.g. being very productive and coming up with innovative ideas). Let's assume that this person is a contractor for this company. Are there cases ...
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Can A Remote Contractor Be Requested to be Available Virtually at All Times?

I am working as a contractor in the US here remotely full time and I communicate with my team through Skype. Usually we receive the requirements for a project once a week and we dash off to do our ...
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Boss setting me up for being fired

I was hired under my first boss (Boss A) as a contractor, then a few months later he transferred me to my current boss (Boss B) because Boss A had budget issues and he didn't want me to leave the ...
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Can an employer retract pay/take other action for missed days of a contract after a contract is completed?

I recently completed a 6-month part-time contract as an instructor with a company in the for-profit education space. They don't have a written PTO policy, but generally, we've requested substitute ...
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Illegal business tactics when dealing with contractors?

I am a contractor for a very large bank in the US. The city I live in has several other large banks as well, and it is fairly common for contractors to move from 1 bank to another once a contract has ...
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Contract / Consulting Programming Minimum Hours Per Week

I recently entered into a consulting/contracting deal with a local company to do ASP.NET development work and also consult with their local developers with questions they may have about development. I ...
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Is my employer paying me fairly? Going from 1099 to W2

I've been working as a 1099 employee for about 2.5 years on a side gig for $20/hr and now the company has to switch me to W2 at the same $20/hr rate. Shouldn't there be about a 20% change between ...
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Complain for not getting paid at fortune 100 company?

I'm a passthrough company that receives payment from a Fortune100 reseller. I have a contractor that works at fortune100 company. This is how it works: Fortune100 pays re-seller. Re-seller pays me (...
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Request manager to bill 40 hours per week

I have been working as a contractor for a company (IT department) for about 4 years so far. In average, I work for about 30 hours per week, depending on the tasks I have assigned, sometimes 20-25 ...
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How to negotiate contract-to-hire offer with startup?

I just got offered a contract with potential to full-time for a tech startup ( < 10 people), no 3rd party recruitment firm. I was sent an informal offer over e-mail which said 10-15 hrs/wk for $45-$...
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Formulating contract work units billed

A company is going to contract out some technical writing to me, just a few SOPs and policies to get them started. There's already an agreeable rate in place, but I was wondering if there was a good ...
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Do contract agencies have to approve an employee wage through the client company?

I got a W2 offer via contracting agency to work as a contractor for a Fortune 100 company. When the hourly amount was first presented, is was before my interview and hastily thrown at me. I hadn’t ...
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Plan and negotiate with / for software development company contractor

I'm working in a 15ppl company as the (only) IT guy (Master of Computer Science) and my task was/is to oversee a software project development. We have worked with an (outsourced) software development ...
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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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Dealing with a racist and misogynistic manager, as a contractor?

My team is 100% male contractors. We all work for different companies, and our manager is also a contractor working for another company than mine. Our manager is being misogynistic as well as racist ...
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How to explain to manager that I wasn't reading emails because I wasn't receiving shifts and therefore not getting paid (for 100s of emails)? [closed]

I do a lot of short term, temporary work. I had an interview with a company awhile ago. They decided to "hire" me and said I would be getting a lot of work. For the several months I received no work ...
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UK Contract - Notice in lieu pay [closed]

I had a Limited company UK contract, with Agency & worked at their end-client. After working for few months . It was suddenly terminated by the hiring manager (i.e. the end client,, no reason ...
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How to cope with and mitigate contractor screwups? [closed]

I sometimes manage construction projects and one of the big ongoing problems is how to deal with a mistake by a contractor or subcontractor. For example, in one case I had a piece of equipment ...
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How to justify the need for knowledge transfer

I have 7 outsourced employees and 2 employees with a yearly contract. Management wants to get rid of 5 of the outsourced employees as soon as possible and replace them with 5 new outsourced employees ...
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Terminating IT contractor [closed]

Hi we recently took on an IT contractor at a senior level, he did pass a coding test and was interviewed and discussed technologies we used to see if he was familiar with them, which he said he was. ...

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