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A former member
Post #: 4
Hello IAs-

I was recently submitted to a contract position at a prominent agency in the city. I went in to interview and they liked me a lot. They tried to feel out what I wanted as far as payment went. The HR person straight up asked me what my recruiter had told me the max rate would be (not exactly playing by the rules, but...). I told her, and she was shocked. Apparently the rate they had submitted me at was astronomically higher than what I would be getting. I then did a little searching around of my own, and found a job posting on for this same position, which had been posted by said recruiter. They listed the position at the rate of $50/hour (much less than my usual rate). The HR lady said he had been submitting IAs to her at $105/hour. That is a $55 markup per hour for the recruiter!!!! For what? Needless to say I am miffed at this, and the agency I interviewed with was also miffed.

Make sure you stick to the market rate for the position you are applying for, and don't let recruitment consultants lowball you to death. They are taking advantage of the fact that we are lowering our rates slightly due to the recession. From what I have noticed, things are starting to pick up, so there is no need for that.

Thanks and good luck-


Sandy S.
Weehawken, NJ
Post #: 6
Hi Nicole, I just recently found that out as well. However I was lucky to have been approached by an Interactive agency directly, and I asked my former boss what the going hourly rate was and he told me around $100 if it's a bigger company, a little less for smaller companies.

I had been working with agencies up til now, for lame rates of $45-55/hour. Never again.
A former member
Post #: 163
If it's any consolation, I only charge a 10/hour fee for consultants and I've been doing that way for 12 years.

You can see my rates here:­

Thank you,
Beau J. Gould
Open Source Staffing­
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