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Old Feb 22, 2007, 10:47 AM   #26
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I echo the same thoughts, within the IT field, you will generally tend to find that you'll get a reasonable rate. There are agency margins - which you can view as the 'cost of doing business'.

My own experience with agencies has been more or less positive. There are a couple of 'dodgy' organisations out there but then there are also the ones that operate professionally and as long as you get a reasonable market rate, let them take their margin.
One thing contractors tend to focus too much on is the rate, or rather every body elses rate. As a contractor youy must make sure you are happy with the deal YOU are being offered. In my experience, it was not unusual for contractors to walk away from a contract over a rate dispute, sometimes over as little as 10 pence in the hourly rate, only to then be unemployed for the next 6 months or be forced to take acontract on a less interesting project. The rate is not the only thing contracts offer. Are you going to be working on a good project? Will you be able to update your skills? Will you get exposure to new skills? Is the location convenient? If you don't like it don't sign the contract, no-one is forcing you. If you think you can do better elsewhere, fine, go and do it.

Anyone thinking of contracting must understand that your contract with the agent is just that, and is between you and the agent and is confidential. It is not the clients business what the agent is paying the contractor, and likewise it is not the contractors business what the client is paying the agent. If the agent is taking a huge margin, when the client discovers this they will not deal with the agent again, the same is true with the contractor, they will not use that agent again.

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Old Feb 22, 2007, 07:40 PM   #27
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This thread's turned out really informative

I possibly worded my OP a little badly, or maybe just a bit ambiguously. I'm not looking to be a contractor, I'm nowhere near that standard right now. I'm looking for fairly standard mac operator/artworker roles, and it's more the recruitment side I'm looking at as opposed to being employed by an agency on a contract basis. I suppose I really should have been more specific in that I was looking to be hooked up with a position through an agency rather than being a contractor. The agencies linked to as well as the jobsearch type sites have been very useful though, and the thread's been very useful and interesting, and not just for me, so please, continue

Now I just need to get my skills back up to scratch, I've been out of the game for two years now and I'm as rusty as hell. It's coming back to me though, thankfully!

Helpful bunch here, I like it.
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Old Mar 28, 2008, 12:12 PM   #28
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I'm due to register at an agency in London mentioned in this thread and they too have indicated a possible 'mac test'. I've been working in house for years & never set foot in an agency (wondering now if I even should!) but what does the mac test entail as a rule? Is it a test of my CS3 knowledge? An assortment of the standard apps? Has anyone here been through such a test lately?
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Old Apr 30, 2013, 06:24 AM   #29
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It's really a great thread and i don't have much words to write but want to say that just try to find the recruitment agency. It will helps you.
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Old May 3, 2013, 10:15 AM   #30
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The only time I ever registered with an agency I'm pretty sure it was Mac People in Manchester. They made me do a test which was to draw a bezier path accurately round the outline of some large text. This was bread and butter to me as we did a lot of path work in my job at the time. Sounds like a bit of an odd test to give but it would certainly separate out those who'd never really handled an Adobe bezier tool in anger.
Anyway, I was in a good job at the time so anything they offered to me would have to have been good for me to bite, in the end I got just one call from them offering me a job for less money about 150 miles from where I lived. I said "er, no thanks" and never heard from them again.
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