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Is your rate card too low?; Solving the broader labor problem
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Contingent Workforce Strategies 30, September 15, 2010
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Knowing when you've gone too low on pay rates
By Bryan T. Peña

Feature PhotoLast year, we had to cut back on contingent staff dramatically, while asking our suppliers to reduce rates and cut worker pay rates. This year, there is a continued expectation for saving money, but I'm concerned that we have cut as much as we can. We are seeing an increase in usage and I expect that to continue for some time, so I'm concerned that last year's price cuts may have an overall negative effect on our program as the competition for talent increases. How do I know when my rates are too low?

Contracts and pricing strategies are favorite topics of mine. I speak to 30 or 40 contingent workforce managers a week, and the number one concern in the past year was, "How can I save money?" I am excited to be addressing my favorite topic, but at the same time, my warnings about the consequences of too-drastic cost reductions often fall on deaf ears. Don't get me wrong, I like helping other CW managers ...

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