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First, if you didn't get it in writing, it didn't happen. Second, you didn't quite follow my advice. I wouldn't have said it wasn't about the money (nobody really believes that) or mentioned your partner. They read that this was indeed about money and you gave the contract agency the information they needed to feed you what you wanted to hear, whether you realized it or not. As you said, you left the meeting feeling like a rock star.

The problem at hand isn't whether they will match the client's offer. The only issue is whether you can accept the client's offer without violating the terms of your contract. Whether the client violates the terms of their contract with the agency is between them, not you. You fulfilled your responsibility by letting your agency know of the offer.

Read through your contract and if there is nothing prohibiting you from accepting an offer of direct employ, then go for it. If there is, you risk being penalized for being in violation if you take the job. If not, you have to decide whether or not you want to keep working for the agency which is not treating you with respect.

The only thing the agency cares about is being able to continue to bill the client for your services. Any increase they give you comes at the expense of their profit margin since they likely cannot increase the rate they charge the client until the end of the contract term.

Fuskie
Who notes if you want to get the agency's attention, give them 2 week's notice (not to the client) if they don't release you to accept the client's offer or grant your conditions to stay with athe agency; either they will meet your terms, release you to the client, or let you walk, which you'll have to be prepared to do...
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