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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 can I get my colleagues to speak a language I understand?

I'm working in an office where neither French (my native language) nor English (a language I speak pretty nicely) is used as the default language. English is supposed to be used, since we are an ...
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Do part-time programming jobs exist?

For reasons of illness and disability, I have not worked for years, after my first job that lasted only a year. Right now, my situation is stable enough that I am able to start working again, slowly. ...
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When is the best time to ask about my contract status/extension

My contract is going to be up in about 1 month. Since this is my first contracting gig, I don't know how to go about this. Some of my friends have said to ask my boss next wk to give them time to do ...
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Can I omit a job from the employment history on my background check?

I am currently working for Company A for almost a year as a contractor and was recently offered to come onto the company's payroll. After a brief conversation with my manager, he sent over the ...
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How much slack to give a programming contractor

I have a contractor programmer doing some work for me and I'm wondering if I'm micro-managing or even being too strict with what I'm asking. A few times in the past I have asked him to do stuff in a ...
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How can I “extract” a client from an agency to work with me directly?

I build websites and webapps for companies and agencies. About five years ago, an agency hired me to build out a big website for a client. I host the website on my server but the billing to the client ...
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How close to contract expiring should I expect notification?

I am a contract worker and my contract is expiring at the end of the year (2 Weeks). When should I be expecting a definitive answer to whether the company is going to extend my contract or not? Is ...
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Salary negotiation

My contract is ending very soon. The company I was working for likes my work as a developer and is trying to convert me to perm employee. Management asked me what my expected salary is. I gave a high ...
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What should I do when I am Not getting paid on time as a contractor

I have started a work as a contractor in a renowned firm 2 months ago. Almost Everyone on my team is a contractor. I have to submit an approved timesheet (by my manager) to my umbrella company, ...
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Resume for long career as successful independent contractor/mfg rep in medical industry

I have had a long career as a medical manufacturers' rep and independent contractor under my own corporation. How do I list my accomplishments so hiring managers don't stop when they see I have been ...
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Is it common business practice to consider constructive break times as billable for consultants?

My company is considering to work with an international IT company to implement an ERP system in our workflow. This is our first time working with this kind of cooperation (usually we just buy a ...
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What's the best way to go about renegotiating my contract?

I started working as a contractor out of college because with my relative lack of professional experience it seemed like the only kind of work that I could find. Now I'm coming up to month 8 of my ...
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How do I make companies to consider me for the job irrespective of my very young age?

I am currently 19. Frustrated by education system drop out college and became self guided student. Now, I have learned several things in programming, software engineering,....I feel myself comparable ...
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How can I politely tell a fellow contractor that I'm very disappointed in the effort he's put into an assigned task?

Quick summary: I "manage" a contract software developer whose efforts are substandard, and before I say something to our mutual employer, I'd like to find a way to light a fire under him and get him ...
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From contract to permanent (same company) - Is it absurd to ask “whatever you originally paid the contracting company” as my salary?

I'm currently working for a contracting company (X) and I've been assigned to this other company (Y) that needs a web developer. However, I'm planning to leave X after my existing contract and work ...
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Becoming a I.T Contractor - Need Advice & Tips [closed]

I am currently a full time employee, changes have happened that have made me consider my employment at this company. I been just looking around and seeing if anything better is out there. At first I ...
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Why do big companies hire subcontractors through staffing agencies?

I'm curious why so many big companies in the United States hire so many people through the staffing agencies as non-employees? It would be understandable if they do it for real short-term projects, ...
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What are the repercussions on my career of quitting a contract job before it expires? [closed]

I have almost 9 months left in my contract and I have an interview with another company next week. I am considering terminating the contract earlier if the company gives me an offer, however I am ...
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Contract complete and client now asking for lots of personal info

I friend of mine connected me with a job to create a computer program, given a set of specifications. My only point of contact was an anonymous email address (e.g. joeblow@example.com ). They never ...
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How to list contract-to-hire conversion on resume/LinkedIn when looking for new jobs

Background I am an interactive designer that was in a contract-to-hire position (at one company, “Company A”) for exactly 1 year with an outside contracting agency. I’ve recently been converted to an ...
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Advice when pitching a day rate to maximize billable time

I read an article for contractors/freelancers about how to calculate a day rate, vs hourly rate. The advice was focused on how to make sure the freelancer is charging enough and provided a few tips to ...
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Not being given enough information to do task

I work for a staffing/marketing agency as a contractor (I actually work for several but this question focuses on one in specific). I have never met any of the people I work with in person, only ...
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Can I add extra hours to my invoice to compensate for my faster delivery? [closed]

I'm an individual contractor (out of the US) and work on a Time & Material basis. I do knowledge work. My "problem" is that I do things much faster than the average knowledge worker. For example, ...