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    Quote Originally Posted by heyya99 View Post
    You're contradicting yourself grumpyballs. When this 'screwing' happened many moons ago, I'm almost certain you were in the 'the agent didn't screw you, you accepted the rate he offered' gang when I called unfairness. To be honest, it was that screwing over (and you're right, I as screwed over) that taught be a lesson on agents. I've doubled my rate in 5 years of contracting thanks to that lesson.
    No I think it's totally unfair the agents screw the new guys. It's a pretty low trick and had it happen to me when I first started as well. The other candidate will take the gig for 10 quid less but you can have the gig if you go 10 below him. Got annoyed and told them OK but I wasn't playing silly games take me or don't after this. Should have said that first time.
    Experienced contractors falling for it is different though. It's a negotiation. Picking on the newbies is just lame. That said. If I got a sub in and could make an extra bit of cash out of them for finding them the work I probably would but not piss taking levels.

    Here we go again with the doomsday scenarios, the fear-mongering. Binned? Unless you're a crap resource, the client will want to keep you. Trying to get the best financial deal for yourself should be applauded. All they must do is say no. Plus, the fight it always with the agent, not the client. I maintain great relationships with clients. With agents, we both know we're playing dirty; we just never say it explicitly. After the fight, we shake and move on until next time.
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    They are taking 23% that's why I know they are taking a big margin. I think I will respond to the client saying I wish to continue on and then take to the agent saying I want to increase the rate. So be up for the agent to get that increase with the backup of assuring the client I wish to stay on

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC View Post
    They are taking 23% that's why I know they are taking a big margin. I think I will respond to the client saying I wish to continue on and then take to the agent saying I want to increase the rate. So be up for the agent to get that increase with the backup of assuring the client I wish to stay on
    Depending on the actual rate, 23% may be reasonable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFaQQer View Post
    Depending on the actual rate, 23% may be reasonable.
    not after 6 months! it's free money territory for the agent now

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    Im getting 450 and client paying 600

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC View Post
    Im getting 450 and client paying 600
    Client paying 600 inc VAT or 600 + VAT?
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    I doubt it's with VAT, as that's 500 without

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC View Post
    Im getting 450 and client paying 600
    so agency are either taking 33% or keeping 25% depending how you want to work it out, but not 23%

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC View Post
    I doubt it's with VAT, as that's 500 without
    Do you charge the agency 450+VAT , i.e. 540?

    In which case the agent's cut isn't so much.

    I support your case for a rise but you need to be sure of the numbers. Like I said in my previous post above, if you don't ask you don't get.
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    take the VAT out of the equation. If you're billing 450 and the agent is billing 500, you're not gonna squeeze them for much.

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