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    Question Anyone used Allen Lane?

    Hi. I am new to contracting and have been invited to register with an agency called Allen Lane in London. I went to Google them and found that they have loads of negative reviews and people said to stay away from them and that they had hidden fees, charged you for finding you a job, treated people badly and the worst agency they ever used. As this is my first contract I don't want to be taken for a ride. Has anyone used them and are they as bad as the reviews say? Thanks Jo

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonasa View Post
    Hi. I am new to contracting and have been invited to register with an agency called Allen Lane in London. I went to Google them and found that they have loads of negative reviews and people said to stay away from them and that they had hidden fees, charged you for finding you a job, treated people badly and the worst agency they ever used. As this is my first contract I don't want to be taken for a ride. Has anyone used them and are they as bad as the reviews say? Thanks Jo
    If you're registering you don't have a contract or an offer right ? You're just registering your CV there ? As you would do with dozens of agencies in the near future.

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    Thanks radish2008. I am only registering at the moment but they said there was a job they wanted to put me up for, so I wanted to see before I go there whether I need to be worried out them as an agency. Google reviews talk about 700 a month charges from them if they find you a job. Is that normal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonasa View Post
    Thanks radish2008. I am only registering at the moment but they said there was a job they wanted to put me up for, so I wanted to see before I go there whether I need to be worried out them as an agency. Google reviews talk about 700 a month charges from them if they find you a job. Is that normal?
    No that's absolutely not normal. Never in my life have I paid a single penny to any agency. (they get their money as a percentage on top of my rate, which they invoice to the end client, which I don't care about as long as I get the rate I want)
    Avoid
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    It's against the law for an agency to charge you for finding work in the UK.

    That's why they take a %age of the income and do not charge an upfront fee.

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    I had my time wasted by them a few years ago. No follow up or answers to my questions. I cannot recommended them, especially given that there is so much choice available.

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    Thanks guys. I will give Allen Lane a miss.

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    Sounds like the same model as that other bunch of dodgy cowboys 'Bite Consulting' who try and sign up naive bods (many of whom are from overseas) to a contract that gives them a chunk of your money even if they don't find you a role, Google them but stay away.

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    And here's the thread that explains the legislation:

    Which law makes it illegal for a firm to charge for seeking jobs ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cojak View Post
    And here's the thread that explains the legislation:

    Which law makes it illegal for a firm to charge for seeking jobs ?
    Yes - and note my final comment...
    Blog? What blog...?

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