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Awful Agency Experience

My Awful Agency Experience comes from Aussie contractor site

The last-minute renegotiation

Let me tell yo about my awful agency experience.

I’d been working for the same client for about a year, and decided it was time to move on.

Market rates had gone up and I wanted to find something better paid.

I explained the situation to my boss and he was understanding.

He said he was unable to get any more budget to increase my rate, but offered to renew my contract with a two-week notice period while I looked for a new job.

This worked out well for both of us, as he could keep me on for a bit longer, and I’d get an income while I looked for a new job.

Sent out CV

I started sending my resume out to agencies and soon secured an interview with a small business.

It went well, and the agent called me to say I’d been offered the job before I even arrived home.

He told me they were going to pay a rate that I was happy with.

So, I explained that I had to give my current boss two weeks‘ notice and would do so the next morning.

New Contractor

The following day, I wrote emails to my agency and boss explaining the situation.

So, my boss contacted agencies about getting in a new contractor.

He also gave me a list of outstanding work to finish off before I left.

In the afternoon, an email arrived confirming the offer from the agent that had arranged my new job.

Agency’s Fee left Out

So, I got a call from my new agent the next morning saying that a terrible mistake had been made.

When he had negotiated my rate with the small business, he had forgotten to include the agency’s fee.

So, would I be willing to do the job for 20% less than I had been offered?

Needless to say, I was furious.

Current Agency

He’d stuffed me, my boss, and my current agency around in the hope of coercing me into accepting a lower rate than he knew was on offer.

His claim that he had forgotten to include his fee seemed incredible coming from someone who supposedly does this for a living.

Fortunately, my boss let me withdraw my notice and keep working while I continued job hunting.

If anyone else has had an awful agency experience (and there must be lots of you) just stick it in the comments below.

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