Is anyone familiar with what the going rate in the Northeast US is for a QA Lead? I'm looking for the rate the agency charges the company and what percentage of that bill rate the consultant receives. The contract would be > one year and the position leads a team of 5 QA members. Thanks all.
Expect the agency to charge anywhere from $50-$90/hour with the contractor seeing anywhere from $35-$50/hour of that rate. Depends on the seniority and tech expertise of the contractor, but you should let them know that you have a max rate that you're willing to pay and that they have to work within those confines.
Many agencies will not disclose the % that they pay the contractor. If they won't and you simply must know, be prepared to move on to another agency if they won't disclose that information.
I know I've worked for a firm that paid me $40/hour as a contractor and come to find out, they were charging the firm I was at $80/hour. I was not too pleased to find that out, especially considering the contract firm nickel & dimed me about $2/hour difference that I wanted.
I work in the northeast and have contracted with, and used SQAssociates.
You could also explore hiring the contractor directly on a 1099 basis and avoid the mark-up. I've worked in that capacity before although I haven't hired a contractor on a 1099. Talk to your HR dept. about your options.
Are the other 5 engineers that person will be overseeing contractors as well? I would hesitate bringing in a contractor to manage/lead full-timers if I were you. It can breed resentment among the full-timers, especially when they realize that the contractor will be paid of his/her overtime hours and they won't.
Actual quote from an email I received from a product manager:
"I want to tell all our customers to go to it (site) on Monday next week. I especially want to make sure the forums work right. Can you test every feature you can find?"