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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobmcbob View Post
    Thanks for all of the advice.

    The perm role is a step up in the hierarchy compared to my current gig, reports to director level, but do not know about the politics, and this would be a risk.

    My current client is very, very good all round - good people, good work and always pay on time (would almost feel bad leaving them before the year is up). The problem is the budget is paid from another programme that will end by 2019, and 'cost-cutting' is flavour of the month. Considering the economic climate I don't want to be out of work a year from now and so am leaning towards the perm offer..
    Firstly the step up should be an opportunity or a challenge, not a risk. If you see it as a risk then you could argue you aren't ready for working at those levels

    And I think you are too in love with your contract reading that. It's a gig, it's what we do. They all end and many of us have a raft of them behind us. Don't view it as anything more.

    IMO you've the perfect opportunity to be paid very well and chance to progress that's just landed in your lap. At the very worst you don't like it and leave. You could stick it out a few years and then come back contracting at a level you can't get offshored and command a better rate. You may even love the job and stay for many moons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    You can't take a comment like that seriously though. The HR would be a nightmare.
    Hmmmmm, not quite so sure .

    I know how far up the chain of command that came from MD level and above.
    All the roles perm and contract are going all the time, off to Poland, so I'm sure they could do it very easily if they wanted to.

    Obviously the actual truth would be hidden.

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    Thanks for the dispassionate advice. I do need to be more critical.


    You're probably right about my liking the contract too much, I have perhaps become too comfortable.

    I mustn't forget that this is a max of another year, and that there is no hope for a perm position with a salary anywhere near commensurate, I know because I have created the framework and budgets...

    I did say I'd probably hang around for another year but situations change. If I take the perm offer will definitely give my current client a decent period of notice and a smooth handover (assuming they don't march me out of the building)

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    People on 100k perm are answering emails at night and weekends and getting stressed.

    Be a contractor and close your laptop at 5PM and forget about it until the next day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobmcbob View Post
    Long time lurker on this forum, incredibly useful site, now have a question of my own.

    I work in banking in a specialism that is in demand. I have been at my gig for 12 months and am considering going perm. I have never had an issue with finding contracts, this is my 3rd, and I have a reasonable war chest (12 months coverage).

    I generally prefer my working arrangements as a consultant and he working relationship with my clients has been excellent.

    The offers I have in the table are:

    Offer 1) At my current client, @550 per day - I have 230 more days guaranteed. The chance of it going beyond this is very slim.

    Offer 2) 100k base, plus ~20k flex, hols etc. I'm seriously considering this as at this point in my career if I go up another level on the rung will eclipse my potential daily rates.

    Plus we have a child on the wy in 6 months and will be looking at moving (bigger mortgage) within 12.

    Thoughts?
    Remember contracting is not always about the money or the package. Other factors such as; risk vs reward, moving companies more frequently, extended time off in between contracts, being seen as an sme in your chosen field + many more factors should also dictate, as well as the $$$s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectStorm View Post
    People on 100k perm are answering emails at night and weekends and getting stressed.

    Be a contractor and close your laptop at 5PM and forget about it until the next day.
    And this is very true too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectStorm View Post
    People on 100k perm are answering emails at night and weekends and getting stressed.

    Be a contractor and close your laptop at 5PM and forget about it until the next day.
    This is a great morale boost for a noob contractor that quit his last job due to insane stress levels and is just wondering, days before the contract starts, if it was a good choice. So thank you very much! Sorry for the offtopic.

    @OP At that pay level for perm, do you get anyone to report to you ? Just wondering if worth specializing in a niche and if can reach 100k+ on basic pay in UK without jumping in the management world.

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