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By yankeehack (Thu Apr 07, 2016 at 05:21:18 PM EST) (all tags)
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So the job search goes on and I've been talking to everyone I can. I also did not get paid last month (again) so the search has taken on new urgency. That and I have to put the deposit down for LO's school at the beginning of next month.

My search is a little slower than most since I'm being difficult and insisting on a remote position using a different part of my skillset.

I also figured out that I should edit my current title on my resume. It seems that it was not helping and making me sound way too senior.

I'm not usually one to bitch, but I also have the strong feeling that since this skillset I'm trying to use is in a very male dominated part of sales, I may have gotten blown off by a few orgs who value sales bro-ness. But anyway...

I put my resume up on Dice a few months ago, and it's been a constant stream of recruiters with jobs that sometimes have absolutely nothing to do with my skill set. I only figured out a few weeks ago that I should make a sport out of responding with "Thanks for the email, I'm not interested in this, but here's what I am looking for with my updated resume." I have been literally copying and pasting the response several times each day.

It's gotten a little better, and finally today I got an email for a subcontracting job that sounds half interesting with a tech company we all know. I don't care per se about longevity there as I'd probably keep my job search going anyway. (Of note, the company is known to fuck employees to manipulate the stock price.) I just want to buy some time in a different skillset while working remotely.

Here's the question: It's a W2 job with the subcontractor. The recruiter asked for my rate. I know the typical salary for the position at the company via glassdoor. Can I ask for that level of compensation? Or, because I'd be going through a subcontractor, it's assumed I'd be getting less cash?

That is all...

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Contracting by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #1 Thu Apr 07, 2016 at 06:14:26 PM EST
If you are contracting, you should be getting more for an hourly rate as you'd make as an FTE, as there is an expectation of downtime, plus no vacation, etc.  Though if you are on a W2 with a contracting company, the difference is less than if you are a pure contractor.  But hopefully the contracting company is doing most of the negotiating.
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Oooh by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Apr 07, 2016 at 07:48:50 PM EST
Thank you, I will have to ask about time off (vacation/sick time).

The subcontractor has some benefits including insurance, 401k, etc.

So the question is how much more can be gotten.
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W-2 Contracting by jimgon (4.00 / 2) #3 Fri Apr 08, 2016 at 07:20:03 AM EST
W-2 contracting you should be fine with requesting an equivalent hourly rate or slightly above.  Keep in mind that in a W-2 contracting situation your employer is carrying half the FICA cost which is something you would have had to add to a 1099 rate.  Also you stated in another comment that they do offer health insurance, so that would be considered part of the overall compensation package that you wouldn't be trying to recoup through an hourly rate.  Do make sure that you are going to be paid hourly and not on a salary.  

On the few occasions I've done a contract it was as a W-2.  I don't like dealing with taxes and prefer my pimp to handle that.     

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Good points by yankeehack (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri Apr 08, 2016 at 11:03:06 AM EST
Yeah, yeah, I know all about FICA.

This morning I found some postings from the subcontractor with rates they offer and they were close to what I was thinking about anyway.
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Overtime? by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Apr 08, 2016 at 07:48:27 AM EST
Contracting W-2 jobs, and some non-contracting W-2 jobs (here on government contracting land), often have overtime. Straight time, or comp time, rather than time and a half, but still nice. So I always ask about that.

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Oooh by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Apr 08, 2016 at 10:18:14 AM EST
Thank you. I will put that on my list.
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Yes! by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Apr 08, 2016 at 03:58:28 PM EST
When I did this back in the naughty nineties I got time-and-a-half.
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