(I’m not calling it a job hunt any more as that suggests a level of proactiveness that is lacking)
An agent sent me details for a role yesterday with details of the banking client (2 syllables, first part a place where you go for a wine (or whine ;-)), second part sounds like crap).
I replied saying last time I looked at them their notice period was silly and unacceptable. His reply:
“I think our notice will be around 0-5 days. We tend to ask for no notice contracts from our contractors.
Is this better for you?”
He phoned today – I asked how it could be worse for me?? they can walk me off anytime, I have to breach the contract to get out. wtf?
The agent said they are now asking all their contractors to sign such contracts. Its their USP !!!
Their USP is that they only recruit contractors prepared to sign up to abusive contracts.Well its not unique because I think that banking client requests it from all agencies. And having contractors go for the same roles through alternative agencies with fairer contracts is not a great commercial selling point.
Hopefully enough of us old lags will tell them to shove it that they will reconsider.
Funny really, it was a spreadsheet control project taking over some big scary financial Excel VBA monsters – exactly what I do, just not for that client or through that agency.
Starting here, now – “campaign for reciprocal notice periods”
Are you with me brothers???