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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What is the point of a contract time period?

Let's suppose a employer, via a third party, signs a contractor to work for them full-time on a 1 year basis. What is the point of the 1 year basis agreement if both the employer and employee can ...
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How to investigate contractor under a fraudulent identity without tipping them off?

I am senior lead / team lead in the cybersecurity division of my employer located in the United States. I recently hired a contractor to work on pen testing (highly privileged role having access to ...
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How should my company deal with contractors that ignore our technical guidance?

I'm a senior software engineer that works in a small group (4 other colleagues and one immediate manager to us). For an R&D project, we work with a contractor to develop some software tools and do ...
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Must I provide information to former employer they claim is needed for tax?

I had a short term job where I was hired as a contractor. I was fired for something I didn't do. After I was fired the company wanted me to give them my home address. The agreement was I would be paid ...
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If you get sent home early (for no fault of your own) should you still get paid for the time?

What should a contractor do in the following scenario: Background: The contract is between the employee and the recruiting agency that got the employee the job. Today the work was done 1.5 hours early ...
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How to not burn bridges when rejecting an offer after I said I was ok with it?

I've been interviewing with a staffing agency for many of their open positions that they have told me about. One recent one was a contract-to-hire role and they asked if I was okay with that. I ...
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Asking for things outside of contract - how to end working relationship as quickly as possible?

I was a software developer who worked as contractor for a non-profit up until a few days ago. The business relationship ended because their expectation of me was to do the work of multiple programmers ...
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Can my US employer withhold tax if I'm not a US-resident/citizen working outside of the US?

I receive an offer from a company in the US to work as an independent contractor. I'm not a US citizen nor a US resident, I will be working online as a contractor from outside the US. Will I have to ...
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After completing a contract they are asking me to shred hundreds of pages worth of documents. Should I ask to be paid or take it to pros?

I work for a contracting agency. I was given a large amount of special papers/documents for a recent assignment. I'm estimating there are hundreds of pages. Now that the job is over my boss has asked ...
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How to communicate to manager of staffing agency I'm not OK with being sent home early especially when shifts are already short?

I am doing work through a small staffing agency. I am working for a particular client for about 2 months. The owner of the agency is really nice but I'm getting frustrated with how frequently he ...
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Training went longer than expected due to equipment not working. Should I invoice the extra time? [closed]

I work as a contractor. The client provided me with specialized equipment. There was a training video conference call. In it, there were 2 instructors and about 3 or 4 other students. During the ...
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For small amounts of unexpected expenses, do contractors normally provide proof with invoices?

I was provided with equipment that started having issues charging. My manager told me to call the tech support line. The number was in a different country. I was charged about $15. The manager said if ...
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How to deal with the boss not paying, and being manipulative

I'm in the Caribbean, I started working for a US company back in Jan 2020 as a contractor. He would pay every 2 weeks, and he said I could get a raise after seeing my work, I work full time, 40hrs/...
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Screening interview with agency before company

I've been contacted by a recruiter about an IT contract role, which sounded interesting but then they called me again and said they're obviously keen to put me forward but that I'd have to do an 30m ...
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How do I approach a workplace about multiple open positions as a contractor?

Summary: I work as a contractor for company, but would like to move into full-time permanent position there. How can I leverage my status to get the desirable position? I have one interview already ...
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What to do when tasked with something that obviously doesn't make sense [closed]

Someone had came to me with a job offer that sounded really good. I had high hopes but it turned out to be a train wreck. We worked in a very distributed environment. Our team consisted of about 5 ...
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Why would someone try to hide information about the company they are hiring contractors for? [duplicate]

A friend put me in contact with someone who is hiring contractors. Aside from the job title, the person hasn't given any real information. I directly asked what the name of the company was and to see ...
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How much should you charge when going from full-time to contract? [closed]

I worked for a company as an hourly employee for approximately 6 years and earned about $35/h plus perks (profit sharing, health insurance/benefits, RRSP matching, company laptop). I wasn't guaranteed ...
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Problem working as mobile developer (contractor )

I am working as a contractor hourly basis as a mobile application developer (I have 3 year experience, I am the only mobile developer). We don't have any document or anything, but I admit it is a ...
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In contractual jobs in the software development space, do compensation increases happen annually or at the start of each contract renewal?

If I was hired in January and my contract expires and will be renewed in July, should I expect a salary increase then or at the end of the year like everybody else?
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Too lengthy NDA, should I ask for keypoints?

I recently got a contract for 3 months. The NDA after me signing up the contract came in which is too lengthy and very technical requiring mostly me not disclosing about my work etc. I never had ...
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Will a company change a posted job description to reflect a candidate's salary request?

A month into a six month contract-to-hire role, it was communicated to me by my contracting agency and the company I work with that, should I accept, a process would begin to buy-out my contract and ...
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How to ask for more responsibilities [duplicate]

I've been working for my current employer for one year now. Through this year, I've been working on one project. It's worth mentioning I'm the only one working on this. It's not a big project, and I ...
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How not to lose reputation in contact with contractors in a changeable landscape?

I'm in IT. I'm responsible for project management including finding and managing vendors/ contractors. The industry I'm in isn't very big in my country, people know each other. I myself work for a big ...
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Redundancy for transitioning from employee to contractor

I am currently a web developer for an Australian company, in a full time salaried position. Due to COVID we have much less work, and redundancies are expected. My manager has been put under pressure ...
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Concerned about background check and weird employment history

So I recently just got an offer for a really cool company and I have one last concern: the background check. Long story short I worked at another company as a contract-to-hire on a ridiculously long 4 ...
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On exit interview was told not to say name of company/client I worked for

I was contacted by someone offering me paid work. Call him Bob. Bob has a sole proprietorship, call it X. His only client who he works full time for as a contractor is Y. Y gave him a budget to hire ...
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Started as a contractor at my current company with a laptop they purchased on their credit card, is it mine?

The current company I work for full-time, started off with me working as a contractor for them being paid hourly. About two years into working with them, the director of IT purchased a laptop for me ...
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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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