Contractors, how to respond when asked what your previous rate was.

Firstly, we think it is totally irrelevant for a recruiter or hiring manager to ask that question. If you agree, then this article will give you some ideas on how to respond.

1)      My last rate does not have any bearing on this job, my expectation is a rate in the range of £375 to £425. I will be more specific after my first meeting with the company.

2)      If you are speaking to a Recruitment Agent, you could say “My last rate should not be used to put a value on this job. Your client should know the value that this contract has and be able to accept or reject the rate that I will quote”

3)      I have recently gained a qualification in SQL 2016 that you will find very valuable. My last rate was determined before I had that qualification and is not relevant.

4)      My last rate is not relevant at this point. I need to find out more about the project that I will be working on. I will then give you my quote.

5)      £400 (The top of the range mentioned in the advert)

6)      £325, but I doubt if that is anything to do with what I will be quoting for this job.

7)      In my last contract I was being paid £600 a day for a very special skill that I had. I was working 10 hours a day and Saturday. Is my last rate still relevant to you?

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