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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Contract negotiation [closed]

I have been put forward to an employee, by a recruiter, for 550 per day. After the interview they wanted to make me an offer but I said: Given the company and what I have heard, I want 650. The ...
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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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W2 rate WITHOUT benefits - How compare to 1099?

I am a freelance web developer on a job search. Is $65/hr W2 with NO BENEFITS basically the same as $65/hr 1099? Also, does W2 mean I'm an employee vs a contractor basically? I used to figure 20% ...
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What are viable alternatives to billing by the hour?

Whether you are freelancing or your company is offering a contract, it is very common to charge by the hour. Yet: The customer wants a result within a reasonable time for a reasonable price. Whether ...
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Is it a common business practice to bill short breaks taken to regain focus on work?

Software engineering requires lots of thinking to analyze complex code, and implement solutions and fixes to difficult problems. Hence, it is usually impractical for a software engineer to retain ...
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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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As a software contractor, what should and shouldn't I bill for? [closed]

I've been a software engineer for 4 years and I've recently picked up a side gig doing some contract work for another company. I've had a few initial introductory and knowledge transfer meetings. I ...
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How do I stop getting all of this work placed on me?

Currently working for a three letter government agency in their IT department and going on three years as system administrator. I also work as the backup SAN administrator, and manage all of the ...
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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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How can I effectively negotiate compensation at the end of a contract-to-hire period?

I am employed by a consulting firm that contracts me out to a company I work at daily. I am a full employee, benefits, 401(k), the works. The contract allows me to be hired directly by the daily ...
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Who should pay my travel expenses? I'm a 1099 contractor going on a trip for my client [closed]

I'm a 1099 contractor to a full-time client in another state. They need me to meet with one of their customers (in another state) in order to try and drum up more work but they are requiring that I ...
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What is a standard consulting differential pay rate?

I occasionally get offers to consult, usually followed up by a question about my rate. Seems like it is pretty easy to find salary information about a particular job, but not so much the corresponding ...
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Is it illegal to request full time from foreign contractors in UK?

I have a "good" but so far boring corporate job (Sr. PHP dev) in a german pharmaceutical company, at Argentina, with good benefits (gold health insurance, 3 weeks vacation, paid lunch and snacks). I ...
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Consulting companies - how much the end client knows about how much I am paid?

My questions refer to "consulting companies" in the programming field in the US. When I work for an end client through such a consulting company, does the end client usually know/care how much the ...
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Agency requires that I create a business to accept contract work. Will I get in trouble with the law for doing this? [closed]

I recently accepted a job offer from a Staffing Agency after interviewing with the company. The agency says I must be Incorporated as a business (and specifically not a sole proprietor) in order to be ...
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Company forgot to have me sign contract and now wont pay until I do and job is finished [closed]

I had a job where I worked a couple weeks for a temp agency. The hours were long and they owe me a large amount of money, which I need. The other day I got an email saying they had forgotten to get me ...
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If I work for a certain company through a contracting agency, how will that affect my background checks? [duplicate]

Basically as the title says. And should I put the contracting agency on my resume or just their client (the employer I'll be working with)? Also, how will this affect my background checks? Will ...
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Politely decline government position while remaining contractor in same position

I am currently a contractor and I have been offered a position as a federal employee doing essentially the same thing working with the same people with the essentially the same tasks/responsibilities. ...
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Client reduced pay rate on 3rd day of joining as a IT contractor [closed]

I am an international student, faced a very rough job search days and finally got placed as a Developer. Three companies involved here: A, B and C. A interviewed and selected me but asked to come ...
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No one else in my team cares about optimization, what should I do?

I'm currently doing a short-term contract which has involved a major overhaul of the UI of my employer's website. After a few months work we're finally at the point of going live and I've once again ...
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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 can i get a definitive answer from my manager for my perm contract?

I've been working for my current company since April last year. I currently work in an administrative role. I am a contractor with an ongoing contract. After 2 months of me working here, my manager ...
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Corp-to-Corp to FTE w/ Range Request? [closed]

Currently, I work for a client as a Corp-to-Corp (C2C) contractor. I'm discussing an FTE offer with another company. The company is waiting for me to give them a salary $ number - as part of the ...
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President Misleading Investors, Should Employees Tell?

I work in a small firm of 10 people, with one President who answers to a group of directors who are investors. They do not work in the office. The board approved the President's hiring of his buddy ...
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Who do I talk to to force a contractor co-worker to stop vaping? [closed]

There is a question very similar to this but it doesn't answer my question. I'm an employee. My co-worker is a contractor. I asked him to stop vaping in the office he shares, but he's ignored my plea....
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A contractor I work with for the same client bothers my resources

Currently my company is contracted by another company. We work besides another big company where the employees of this companies inquire a lot from us. It has got to the point where we feel like we ...
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Employer won't tell me if I will be extended or not [closed]

I am a software developer contractor for a certain company. This is my second time around with them with the same team. On both my times with the company I have got no feedback on whether they will ...
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My client is asking me to lie about employment status

I'm a freelance web developer with a few clients -- one of them (currently my biggest one), has a project with a client of their own, and I'm working on this project and communicating regularly with ...
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Web Developer Contractor and dealing with internal politics and a perception issue

I have been working with a client for around 2 years now (UK Based), it was initially a 6 month contract but has been extended a number of times as the requirements have constantly grown over time. ...
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Recruiter wants me to take a loss upon hire

I've been working on a contract-to-hire position and am nearing the hire date. When I reached out to touch base with my recruiter, they informed me they would be handling everything and would be ...
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Inner workings of Software Recruiters/Staffing Companies [closed]

A company will typically pay a staffing company for "temporary" talent. In the software industry these temporary positions can be preferable to full time positions and can therefore last a very long ...
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How to train someone who is unlike to take up a job [closed]

I am working for a software consulting company, we provide software testing service to our customers. Not long ago, we developed a test suite for our customer. By the end of our contract, one ...
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What can you do to remain on good standing when you're told giving a two week notice is inadvisable?

Recently I shared some issues in a related question (Is it ever appropriate to tactfully speak your mind regarding your work supervisor without using inappropriate language?). In lieu of that, I've ...
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Opinions: Starting Career in IT [closed]

I'm a recent graduate and have been looking for my first full time job for 8 months. I have little work experience which has been the main roadblock in my job search. I recently got accepted into ...
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Are corporate doors more open for incorporated contractors than unincorporated ones?

I am aware that some bigger companies are reluctant to directly hire unincorporated independent contractors for shorter-term software engineering projects. What happens is that instead they engage ...
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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 happens when a company refuses to give an independent software contractor any work while still under contract [closed]

I am a independent software contractor for a company and have signed a contract stating I must work x number of hours a month from January 1st until July 31st. In the beginning of July, the company ...
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Desk was reallocated to other employee, moved to cramped table [closed]

I am a salaried employee of a consulting firm, currently working as a contractor for one of their clients. After a week or two of being nomadic and sharing a desk with my manager (from our firm, not ...
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No contract extension because pregnancy? [closed]

My wife, who has been in a contract role for almost a year with several extension, has been told today that her contract may not be extended after end of this month - due to contract extension issues. ...
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How to react when a recruitment agency lies to a company about salary?

I am temping for a company, and a week ago we found out that the recruitment agency has been lying to both me and the company about the salary. They are charging the company X dollars, and have told ...
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How much notice is required if a company sacks a temp before the contract is over? [closed]

I am on a 3 month contract, but now the company says they can not afford me and have hired someone else permanently to do my job (they couldn't hire me because of a clause in the agreement with the ...
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How to deal with a contracting client trying to get me to go fulltime [closed]

I work for a contracting firm contracting for a major company. I've been working at this company for almost 6 months now and everyone is very satisfied with my performance. One of my superiors, a ...
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Discussing salary as a jr developer [duplicate]

I'm currently employed as a contractor as a jr php developer. I will be finding out within the next week if I will be hired as a full time employee. This is my first 'real' job and make a nice ...
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Changing emotive wording in a factual document

A colleague is putting together a PID (Project Initiation Document) to outline some issues with some of our IT architecture. She's a Project Management Team Lead, I'm an outside contractor brought in ...
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How do I decide over my expected salary that I can ask my employer while I'm hired as permanent employee?

I was hired as temporary employee to X company by a contracting agency. I was given a hike of 60% while I joined as contractor and its hardly six months since I had joined the X company my manager ...
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Company still hasn't sent my 1099 tax form

I am a translator for a company. I work from home on my computer and they send me emails with documents they need translated when needed. Come March I still had not received any tax form from them. I ...
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We're contractors who think the main perm guy isn't very good. Do we say anything?

(I don't believe this is a dupe of What can I do to make a coworkers lack of effort more visible? because that question is about effort, whereas this one is about ability.) I'm a contractor (UK) but ...
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Unethical Employer force me to file a resignation [closed]

I've been in a company for 8 months now and I have signed a contract for 1 year and I have finished my project. My contract is not specific to this project; it is a year term of employment for the ...
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When should I let my contractor know that I won't be staying?

I am currently employed as a contractor for Company X through a consulting agency until mid June 2016. The consulting agency has a very good history of converting contractors to FTEs with Company X. ...
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Can the interviewer apply for the same job?

I currently work as a contractor, but for all intents and purposes I am treated as as if I were a full time employee. A permanent role was advertised for a position with job responsibilities very ...