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    How much to charge?

    I've been approached about doing a few extra hours in a new primary school (1/2 a day per week or so). This will be tough to fit in with existing commitments, but not impossible, especially as I've been asked to name a price.

    The question is, how much? Too high and they might (understandably) try elsewhere/get someone at standard county rates and/or expect a super-ICT Tech (I'm know I'm not strong in certain areas); too low and it's a lot of work for no reward.

    Any ideas, peeps?

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    I charge between £15 to £20ph. I know I'm under selling myself when the local lea's are around £50 ph but I enjoy it. But I'm never short of work when I can fit it in around my job. I recon £25 to £30 is more the going rate.

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    Thanks, I have heard they might have a bit "more than average" on offer - but you've given me the idea of checking the LEA offering as a guideline (and I know they're charging quite a bit!).

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    If I do any private work for teachers its usually around £20 an hour or if its a big job i just make it one lump sum of say..£80 for a day job. (ie reinstall of windows etc..)

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    nice one for been considered how did you manage to get noticed to be approched?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PEO View Post
    nice one for been considered how did you manage to get noticed to be approched?
    I think one of my heads knew that I was in need of more cash, and (being happy with my work) mentioned me.

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    For Private work for the Staff I charge £30 per hour.

    However I do have a bit of a sliding social scale, TA's get me cheaper, Head is £30. It also depends on what the job is - I figure as long as I undercut PC World and give a far more honest and friendly service I'll get work all the time!

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    I do all my extra stuff for free.....
    Favours for favours. People have given me money in the past, I just give it straight back.

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    I charge £20 per hour. I get so much work now that last year I had to declare myself 'Self Employed' to the Tax Man.

    As someone else says, cheaper than PC World, honest & friendly then word of mouth gets around and I have work rolling in all the time. Mainly Web Work, but I'm off in a minute to setup a Laptop for a local company.

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    I would say £20-£25 depending on area and services rendered (especially in this climate). Then anything "project-like" (not day to day jobs), quote them extra as that's what it is.

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    Last edited by wagnerk; 13th June 2009 at 03:56 PM. Reason: more info

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    How much do you usually charge schools? I'd probably go for £30-40 an hour depending on how much they can get good support for from elsewhere. They may be a school but they still need to pay their way.

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    Your original post implies you will be self employed and paid via an invoice, rather than on the payroll [if you're not sure, make sure you check this]. Payed by invoice throws up a number of taxation issues.

    Also, it's worth noting that you wont be insured as a self employee, that is you won't be covered by the school/LA's employee's liability or public liability cover - ie - if you ran a cable and somebody tripped you would be held personally liable for the injuries. You will need to see alternative insurance [probably professional indemnity and public liability]

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    Our LEA charge schools £60 an hour so anything less is a bargain. Now £60 an hour might seem a lot but when you get a top man/woman who knows what they are doing then that's ok. The problem is when they send someone who knows less than you do and they start looking on Google to solve the problem... something you could have done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Ben View Post
    For Private work for the Staff I charge £30 per hour.

    However I do have a bit of a sliding social scale, TA's get me cheaper, Head is £30. It also depends on what the job is - I figure as long as I undercut PC World and give a far more honest and friendly service I'll get work all the time!
    That's kind of what I do (at £20 to free depending on who/what it is) but this is an "official" job. Thanks to Kyle for raising a few good points.

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    id certainly agree on the 20-30 bracket per hour, i work in 6 primary schools for a half day per week plus 1 day emergency support if required and i only get £10 p/h from the LEA so id certainly say 20 if not 30 tbh.

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