Dump My Current Client
I want to dump my current client.
I am on £350 a day at my current client and am in the middle of a six month contract.
Out of the blue I got a call from a client I worked for before.
I can go direct there and will be able to pull in £500 a day.
The big problem is that they want me to start next week and I have a month‘s notice clause in my contract with my current client.
What should I do Dr. McLaughlin to dump my current client, call my agent and try to get out of it?
Dr McLaughlin‘s IT Contractor Surgery
No, that‘s the very last thing you should do.
The agency will not want to lose their commission and will demand that you honour your contract with the client.
You should go to your current client.
Client a Human Being
The client is a human being after all.
They understand that you may have problems and they are less hard-hearted than agents.
If you tell them that it is not working out for you, it is too far from home, you‘ve got problems at home, you are not enjoying the work etc. then they are likely to be sympathetic.
No one wants to keep on contractors working for them who don‘t want to be there.
What to Say to Client
Tell them that you will stay sufficient time to pass your work onto someone else – say the end of the week.
Tell them that you will be available to answer any questions during the whole period of your notice.
If they insist that you stay another week then go back to your new client and say they will have to wait a week longer for you.
I never heard of a contractor who is wanted by a client who will not wait even a week for him or her.
Break your Contract
You could always break your contract by not coming in when fit and available but it is best to leave on a good note – especially as it means you will get paid.
Only when it is a fait accompli do you contact your agent, preferably by email, and tell them that the client has agreed to let you go.
That‘s a fair bit of money extra and you don‘t want that to go a-begging, so do what it takes.
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