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Contractor - Server engineer

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by onoski, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. onoski

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    Owing to a current project amongst other projects we have taken on a server engineer for a few months. Apparently he gets paid £390 a day.

    I know he knows he's stuff and would be working hard but wouldn't mind that sort of fee either. Any takes on this or is this fee okay for sort of job he would be doing. He's role would entail building DC's, designing and document AD and exchange task.

    Anyway, just wanted to know what your take would be on this fee and or if it's normal market rate etc.
     
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  2. craigie

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    Mate, I wouldn't even get out of bed for that amount of money!
     
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  3. Bri1981

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    You serious mate? That's just shy of 2G's a week!
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    When I worked for an IT services company, they'd bill us out at $100-$150 an hour. Taking the low figure, that's $800 per day... so £390 a day doesn't sound unreasonable for short-term work. But considering that he will be there for several months, your company would be much better off hiring someone.
     
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  5. Bri1981

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    Did you get that amount or was it the company who billed you out?
    Seems pretty normal, company I work for charges 800 euros upwards put the people who do the work don't get that.
     
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  6. onoski

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    Be real now Craigie:)
     
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    I think thats what he was on when he worked in Finance so he could be serious. Someones got to earn the big bucks :biggrin
     
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  8. Bri1981

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    I used to work with a Cognos consultant who billed 1300 euros a day, insane money. Management consultant I sit next to now is on 1100, all he does is knock up presentations full of buzzwords!
     
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    Must be a pittance to your wage tho Bri :biggrin
     
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  10. BosonMichael
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    The company who billed me out got that amount. Still, had I been doing it on my own instead of for an employer, I'd have charged the same amount.
     
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    Your point being? I'm not on an enormous amount short of that - and I'm permanently employed, with all the perks (annual leave, sick days, pension etc) that go along with it. Of course, I'm higher up the food chain - but when you factor in tax, the fact that if you take a day off you don't get paid - ditto being ill, the fact you might have no work for months at a time whilst you're between contracts etc, you begin to understand that being a contractor isn't all that rosy. The last contract job I had paid £52 ph - of which 25% went straight to the agency, leaving me with £39 ph.

    In a boom economy, contracting is a good alternative for those who know what they're doing (believe me, there are plenty who don't), but I've always got much greater satisfaction from being permanently employed - and it helps to be able to pay the mortgage every month!
     
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  12. loca1hero

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    All this jobs you guys are talking are server jobs !!, sounds good to be a server tech, when I worked for BT they got guys from agencies that were paid better then some of their own staff. I was agency but never got paid big bucks ..
    Good luck with it if land a job like that . .
     
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    Just takes time. Build the experience that employers desire and you'll be there soon enough.
     
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    From the ads I've seen around it looks about the right rate for the job.

    Remember the guy will be invoicng via his own Ltd Co or via an IR35 specialist so he's not pocketing the full amount himself as he will have NI, tax etc taken off plus fees if he's using an IR35 company.
     
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    Wasn't trying to get a point over, just meant 2 grand a week is alot of money!
    Ive been contracting for almost 3 years now (£60ph) with no breaks inbetween, never had any problems at all, tax is around 25%, I wish I started doing it earlier and don't plan on going back to a permie role in the near future.
     
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  16. Sparky
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    Its true, contract rate is £550 minimum a day for me.
     
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    Sweet! Is that in Scotland or the big smoke?
     
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  18. Sparky
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    Sunny Scotland :biggrin
     
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    We know he's lying as Scotland is never sunny :D
     
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    whit you sayin' !??! :biggrin
     
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