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Old 07-12-2013, 04:13 AM
 
Location: South Bend, IN
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I was contacted by a recruiter for a job in which the hourly rate was quite good, for a multimedia production type role. Since I'd have to move for the position, which I would do because the pay was very good, I verified with the recruiter that this was a full-time 1-year renewable contract opportunity. He said it was.

I spoke with the hiring manager, who thought I would be perfect for the job and her team, but it turns out it was just an on-call position - so they would just call you when they needed extra help, the recruiter was incorrect. I obviously would not move for that, but then the manager did however mention that she had the same role opening up for a full-time contractor in October. She gave me her contact information and said to contact her in September if I was still available an interested in the position.

I've got another possibility that has opened up but the pay isn't as good and I'm not at this point as interested in the job. However, the pay range for the original full-time contract that starts in October was not mentioned when I spoke with the manager.

Do on-call positions typically pay more than full-time contracts of the same job? Or similar or less? Would it be out of line for me to contact the manager for the position opening up in October to touch base with her about it, and ask what the general salary range for that particular position would be?

thanks!!
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:36 AM
 
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I am confused about your post using the terms "full-time" and "contract" to discuss the same position. Usually you are categorized as one or the other, regargless if you work 40 hrs per week.

Typical Lingo:

"Full Time Employee" - Non contract, you work salary and work directly for the company. 40 hrs per week. Full Time means permanent/non contract employee.

"Contract Employee" - You work at the client site and usually work 40 hrs a week. But you are not a direct employee. You are usually paid via a 3rd party vendor that placed you into this job. Your contract period is typically between 3 months and 18 months.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:16 PM
 
Location: South Bend, IN
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Ok, then... The pay for an on call contract position versus a 40 hour a week contract position.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:38 PM
 
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I dont think so. I'm a contractor, minimum 40hr/week. I can charge OT. On-call? call me anytime when theres an urgency.
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Old 07-12-2013, 05:38 PM
 
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When you say "on call", do you mean 1 or 2 below?

1) You work a standard 40 hr week as a contractor and you are paid by the hour. You are 'on call' during off hours for emergency work and you log additional hours for such emergencies. You are paid for any hours above 40 and you are expected to be available during specific on call days/times and be ready to log extra hours as needed.

OR

2) You dont work any standard hours and you only log hours when you are called for emergencies. You are paid only for the hours you work and there is no minimum number of hours guaranteed for a given week.
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:41 PM
 
Location: South Bend, IN
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When you say "on call", do you mean 1 or 2 below?

1) You work a standard 40 hr week as a contractor and you are paid by the hour. You are 'on call' during off hours for emergency work and you log additional hours for such emergencies. You are paid for any hours above 40 and you are expected to be available during specific on call days/times and be ready to log extra hours as needed.

OR

2) You dont work any standard hours and you only log hours when you are called for emergencies. You are paid only for the hours you work and there is no minimum number of hours guaranteed for a given week.
The second. But they would just call when they needed extra help covering an event not like in the middle of the night like a doctor would.
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