Recession rates

Paul Makepeace paulm at
Tue Mar 10 17:24:32 GMT 2009

On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 5:07 PM, Dirk Koopman <djk at> wrote:
> Jonathan Stowe wrote:
>> It's the recruiter doing it - the poor sap candidates are probably
>> getting 300 or less and will have been told that is the most that the
>> client is going to pay. The recruiter doesn't care, they might start
>> introducing a differential depending on whether they can drive the
>> candidates down any more if the client starts to hedge.  They want to
>> keep their figure in straight up monetary terms - they don't want to
>> take the same percent of a smaller rate.
> £300? Don't be daft. A lot of recruiters wouldn't get out of bed for ~25%,
> they will be looking for at least %50 (and in the bad old days 100%). I
> would not be surprised if the saps are being offered £200 "in these
> difficult times".
> Or have we all forgotten how much we hate these people?

At the risk of jumping to the defence of a recruiter(!!), this chap
seems pretty straight up and quoted that his cut is 50quid/day.

Thanks Dave for the hard numbers! That's what I was after.


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