I ask you for an advice, because the situation I am in it's completely new to me.
I had an interview with a Client (known worldwide) through an agency (well known as well), which I successfully passed. Therefore I was selected for a role which involves a lot of travelling in Europe, weekend and night work.
I agreed because I thought it was directly related to the Client, that is a direct employee-employer relationship even if temporary.
Well, it wasn't so! On Friday afternoon, it turned out that everything was through an umbrella company. Since I have always worked directly with an employer the situation is completely new to me.
Anyway, I was told that the first step was to opt-out from EEA 2003 and then I was told to join the umbrella company.
I did the former, but then I stopped.
Actually I received a login for the umbrella company, but I have not accepted their terms and conditions yet.
First of all it was not possible to see the assignment/contract before joining the umbrella company and I don't know exactly the services they ask me to do (data collection), how the expenses will be paid (they told me the Client or the Agency should pay for them), the contract terms (first it was 3 months, then 6 and now is just 1 month) and the working hours. Then, I don't agree with the fact that I cannot be hired by the Client for at least 6 months, but this is a minor problem. Finally I feel very disappointed by the way the Agency treated all the situation and they seem to be too much pushy...
Anyway my questions are: is it my right to see the contract first? Is there something that I should be aware of from your experiences?
The assignment should start early next week and as I've written, they told me about the umbrella company only on Friday.
Thank you all for your replies!