I am trying to deal with buyer-seller labour relations in a manner which is honest, fair, equitable, and yes gracious and one which treats the classes of IT labor sellers (developers principally) and buyers as my intellectual peers and as peer classes of each other. For some, operating in an implicit master-slave rather than a peer-peer model of production, an aperception of arrogance or defensiveness may occur.
Other than not being inappropriately defensive or arrogating there is little I can do about this than note it, advise, and move on.¹
Below is current text for the general buyer class (see 2-D Card cover for other classes).
I'm a Sr. SW Engineer in the Niagara Frontier region. Current nominal²,³ prices: € 25/hr minimum telecommute
rate to € 53/hr all-inclusive on-site rate in North America, € 70/hr elsewhere. A minimum 16 hours prepaid
for on-site in the North-Central US and Canada, 3 days elsewhere. Net 30 for established accounts.
I can normally give fixed cost bids for already well defined tasks. If you are not an experienced technical manager,
you may want to keep these facts in mind when considering the cost of IT labor: 1) what it costs for other skilled/
professional labor (e.g. auto mechanics), 2) the well known high risk and failure rate of IT projects; with 30 years
experience I can often guarantee my work and generally take a fraction of the time of a less experienced worker and
3) by low balling your work you may end up paying considerably more or not completing the project at all. Also with
respect to the focus many buyers have on specific packages, I generally find the time familiarizing myself with a
new package is a fraction of the time spent analysing the project requirements, existing codebases, etc.
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¹ Little but not nothing: now focused on efficient and mutually optimal closings.
² Adjustable/Flexible for particular circumstances/deals in general the low end rate does NOT include voice or on-site support.
³ Low rate appropriate for on-going retained support, not active major development.