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    My day rate from the last project will flex according to how much profit I want out of the the next project as agents are to dumb to understand different gigs have different costs to deliver (travel time, hotel costs etc). If you want to charge more no good telling the agent you were happy with x last month....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChimpMaster View Post
    Sounds like you've been hoodwinked by an agent.
    This.

    A classic agency trick.

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    Typical exchange for me has often gone like:

    Agent: What's your day rate?
    Me: Depends on the project and what's involved - have they got a range in mind?


    IMHO there is no point pricing the next job based on the previous one - you might have valid reasons to have a higher or lower rate on your current job e.g. I would accept a lower rate if it was 15mins away from my house, or if working for a not for profit client co which I wanted to "support".

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    Or when asked what your last rate was, increase it to the amount you want to be on, and then say you want a bit more than that - use that as your negotiating position.

    As others have said though, it has no real baring on your application going forward

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattfx View Post
    Or when asked what your last rate was, increase it to the amount you want to be on, and then say you want a bit more than that - use that as your negotiating position.

    As others have said though, it has no real baring on your application going forward
    I never give the last rate - I laugh at the agent and tell them that they know better than to ask for a figure. If they keep pushing, I describe the rate as "competitive" or "market rate".

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueEllen View Post
    Nope.
    And they ain't your employers - if you don't understand that then go back to being permie.
    Thanks, by Employer I meant Client.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChimpMaster View Post
    Sounds like you've been hoodwinked by an agent.
    Actually no, I've been asked this in an interview (which I applied for directly) having already advertised what they would be paying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CatOnMat View Post
    Typical exchange for me has often gone like:

    Agent: What's your day rate?
    Me: Depends on the project and what's involved - have they got a range in mind?


    IMHO there is no point pricing the next job based on the previous one - you might have valid reasons to have a higher or lower rate on your current job e.g. I would accept a lower rate if it was 15mins away from my house, or if working for a not for profit client co which I wanted to "support".
    Thank you, this has been helpful and has validated my thoughts. Just being asked about previous rate made me think twice whether it had a bearing on what they'd be willing to pay.

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    The figure I give them is what I want my next rate to be. Helps to know the advertised rate though first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by l35kee View Post
    The figure I give them is what I want my next rate to be. Helps to know the advertised rate though first.
    Thanks. So I assume then there is no way they can validate what your previous day rate was, and therefore unable to question why you want X% more?

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