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Hi, I just got at london and I've being offered a job in java.

Now they asked me how do I want to be paid, per day or per hour? I said per hour but what do you think (if you'r not in london it doesn't matter)

How much money should I ask per hour?

I have an idea about those two question but any advise, any, will be welcomed.

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Originally posted by Sebastian Paz:

Now they asked me how do I want to be paid, per day or per hour? I said per hour but what do you think (if you'r not in london it doesn't matter)



I am very curious to learn what it is about living in London that gives someone special knowledge or power to answer the question that others lack.

--Mark
 
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Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:


I am very curious to learn what it is about living in London that gives someone special knowledge or power to answer the question that others lack.

--Mark



Mark, I don't think that means what you think it means. I read it more in the tone of sense not crossing the language barrier.

The problem with per-day pay in IT is that, since the "hamburger-grinder" mentality is endemic, they'll typically press you for 15-hour days so that they can "get their money's worth". It has been observed that people who spend more than a certain amount of time per day or week on the job typically start making mistakes and actually decreasing their productivity, so it's actually not fair to either employer or employee to stretch the working day on a regular basis. However, it's also not fair to have employees come in sick and infect the entire office just to be "productive", but too many offices haven't adjusted to that idea, either.
 
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Even with daily pay it should be well defined what constitutes a "day." For example, daily pay does cover lunch, which is not normally covered hourly.

I just had this issue on my last contract where we worked out an hourly rate. 2 days into it they told me company policy is to pay daily. I made sure my daily rate was not simply my hourly rate x 8, since I knew there would be more than 8 hour days. The simple answer is to talk to the boss about how long a day is and come up with some appropruate rate, track hours, and if it's off, act appropriately. Sure I spent some late Friday nights there when things crashed. I also ran off after 8 hours some days when I had something at night.

Fundamentally, it's about setting expectations and trusting the other party to meet those expectations.

--Mark
 
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