This article, about contractors sacked, was posted as comments after one of our articles.
Before I ever worked in IT I had the proud record of getting the sack from every job I ever had.
Some of these were technical sackings in that they dished them out after I walked. On one occasion I actually needed to get the sack (in order to ensure that the DHSS would cover my mortgage payments) and the job was so bad, the employers so exploitative, that I actually had to work quite hard to get them to sack me.
Hilariously when the sacking finally came, the general manager thought I was going to hit him so he got one of the big guys from the office to stand behind him as some kind of a bouncer.
Fools, the pair of them.
Since working in IT (in which I’ve never had a permie role btw) I haven’t had the sack from once.
I’ve handed my notice in a few times, had a few notices given, and walked off a job in disgust twice.
Couple of Sackings
I have seen contractors sacked at several places:
A) A guy promises that he will lead the team for the weekend work at a remote site abroad. Saturday morning six engineers are waiting at site for him to turn up with the keys to the IT room.
When they call him he’s still at home and says he decided he didn’t want to work the weekend after all.
Six people flown abroad were not able to access the IT room and had a nice expenses paying weekend break. They sacked him first thing Monday morning.
B) A Freelancer is on board two months and demands a rate rise “or else” and refuses to do any more work until they resolve the “issue”.
They resolved it promptly by security marching him from the premises.
Later the same day he sends an email to the group mailing list from an internet cafe in Amsterdam slagging off the manager for being an idiot.
Technical Sacking of IT Contractor
C) Sort of a technical sacking this one. Some toff from London, boasting about how his parents bought him a Ferrari on his 21st birthday.
He stopped boasting when the local cops came into the office, arrested him, and marched him out in handcuffs.
Three days later we learn from his agent that they deported him back to the UK.
Apparently they deported him a couple of years before for crashing the aforementioned Ferrari into a parked car and leaving the scene of the accident (along with a half-snorted bag of Charlie next to the gear stick).
To get the current job he submitted a copy of his passport and work permit that he took before the first deportation stupidly thinking the authorities don’t check these things.
D) Sacked by phone in the middle of the night while on-site in the US. Phone call was made in European working hours, so she got it at 3AM local time:
“Don’t come into the office tomorrow you’re, job i over. Security cleared your desk and will send your personal belongings to your hotel”.
Never found out what the sacking was for, but this particular individual had a long and illustrious record of putting peoples noses out of joint.
Those are the contractors sacked that I’ve seen.
Have you seen any contractors sacked? Use the comments section below to tell us.
Ad – Contractor Services
If you do need an umbrella company you could try one of the following:-
Or would you prefer to get expert advice about which umbrella company is right for your specific needs? If so fill in the form below and they will be in touch.
For Mortgages specially designed for contractors try Specialist Contractor Mortgages.