So a quick rundown: I’m a recent college grad with a STEM degree who was contacted by a recruiting firm about a year long contractor job for a large software company. Originally the offer was for $25/hr but I talked them up to $30, which I was pretty happy about, so I took the job.
How recruiting companies work, if you’re not familiar, is that I’m basically a full time employee of the recruiting company, all my paychecks and benefits come through them. The company I actually work for pays the recruiting company a salary for my work, and from that salary I get my $30/hr.
So my role gives me access to the companies ticket system and one day I was browsing through it and came across my onboarding tickets. It had all the paperwork and contracts between the company and the recruiting company, which included the amount they were paying for me, $45/hr. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t supposed to see this.
I’m not too surprised with this number, the recruiting company has to make money after all plus finders fees and all that. But what I am curious about is how much money I should ask for at the end of my contract when the company wants to hire me on full time (very common and likely). Should I try to get the $45/hr? More than that since I’ll have another year of experience at that point? What do you think?
Thanks for any help!
How would I go about negotiating? Should I mention at all that I know how much they’re paying the recruiting agency?
If it helps any it’s an IT role in New England. I have a CS degree but wasn’t having much luck finding a job and I didn’t want to sit around all summer doing nothing so I took a decently paying job in a semi-relevant field.