I contract with the Dept. Of Interior. I'm looking for other work right now as I'm not one to sit around. We were issued a stop order on our contract so no longer getting paid. I received pay through the holiday, but not now. Honestly, it's made me realize how much I don't like working for the government even on a contract.
I'm sorry to hear that. I hope you find something enjoyable soon. Or at least something that pays reliably.
It's not that bad, could be worse. I've had some time to focus and reflect on a few things. Thanks for the thoughts.
That's one of the "fun" parts about these shutdowns: it makes a lie of the "accept lower compensation in exchange for stability" bargain. It makes it so that those who can afford to do so, re-examine that bargain. Many say, "nope, won't ever be worth it", while others say "we need to rebalance this equation". In the former case, it means fewer qualified people willing to do the work at all. In the latter case, it means that, the people that are still willing to do the work require higher compensation. Either way, the government — and, by extension, the general population — is adversely effected going forward even once the immediate shutdown is ended.
Yes, I've already been talking with my direct supervisor about a raise when this is over. Her also knows that out of necessity I've had to start looking for other work. We'll see.
Things like this are part of why the consultancies I've worked for have generally only bothered to bid pre-funded contracts. Which is to say, regardless of any stoppage nonsense with the government, the salaries (etc.) are already fully funded. Even if you can't work on-site, you still get paid (though, unlike furloughed workers, that pay is immediate, rather than "back", pay).
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