joined:Apr 20, 2008
I've been a freelance front end developer for the last 4 years and things have been really good. I'm in a very flexible 12 days per month contract and some months are full on and some can be empty so am always looking for new contacts.
I applied for a contract job through a Recruitment company, it's a 3wk project with the possibility of being extended for longer. I got all the documents to sign and send back yesterday and the contract is meant to start Monday so had really no time to read all the legal stuff.
I've never had work this way and have never been contracted by a recruitment agency out to a web company so it's all new to me.
One form was a Opt Out form known as Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2003. After reading all about it and trying to make sense I decided NOT to opt out and told the recruitment agency. To which they have gone mad and basically spent ages on the phone trying to tell me how bad it will be for me if I don't and that they cannot give me the contract if I don't sign the form.
I've struggled to get the real jist of the thing and also have no idea if I've done the right thing.
My circumstances are I've always freelanced, I want to carry on freelancing and not get a permanent position, I can't really do more than the initial contract anyway due to plenty of other work, I'm not really in need of the money BUT it would have been nice to get out there and give it a go, the company I would have been working for are a biggish player.
Now I feel like I have let them all down and that my name will be mud around town.
Did I do the wrong thing? and what are anyone else's experiences of this kind of thing.
Hope someone can help and shed some light on it.