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Contractor: How much should I ask for on-call?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Rockets34Life, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Rockets34Life

    Rockets34Life Bit Poster

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    All the full timers are on-call but are salary so they don't get paid extra for on-call. Since I'm contracting, I've been told that I might have to go on-call. I'm currently gettin paid $22/hr. On-call is one week once every 6 weeks (an estimated time). What would you guys do in my shoes?
     
  2. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

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    What does it say in your contract in regards to on-call situations?
     
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  3. Rockets34Life

    Rockets34Life Bit Poster

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    I don't remember reading anything about on-call. When I accepted the position, the agency told me that during my contract time, I wouldn't be on-call.

    Now the director is putting me on even though I'm still doing contracting with their company. My agency told me that they would force the client to pay me for the on-call, but I want to make sure I get a good rate.
     
  4. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

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    Ah, with you.

    Can't shed much light on the exact value, I'm salaried and on call 1 week in 3, if we're called then we get time x1.5 for the time involved to resolve the issue.

    Afraid I can't be any more use that that.
     
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  5. Fergal1982

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    It depends on the likelyhood of being called out, and any provisions (ie extra hours chargeable) if you are called out. Also what exactly you are expected to do if you are called out.

    As staff here, I get a fixed rate call-out fee whenever I'm on call. It works out to about 20% of my weekly salary, but the value is the same for the two colleagues also on it, and they are on a higher salary.
     
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  6. jiggy

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    $200 just for carrying your phone round for a week (as you have to be in the area should you be required to go into work). Soon as your phone rings $50. Less then 10 minutes work is covered by that $50. Anything longer is an hours work at double time and double time rates charged thereafter rounded up to the nearest hour i.e 1hr 15min = 2hrs.

    I would say that is relatively fair...although you could ask for a greater allowance as not going out of town / becoming intoxicated etc etc can be a pita.
     
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  7. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    In all honesty I would be asking the agency for guidance on this, you don't want to do yourself out of the position by being too expensive. The agency 'should' have a clearer understanding of what is normal for your area and type of work.

    I would also make sure that you get your contract amended before taking on the extra work because if it's not documented and signed then the client company (who you work for) could just not pay you for it (if it's not in the contract they aren't liable for it).
     
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