I was recently contacted by an agency regarding an Orsted role in Grimsby (30 minute drive), a fair amount of responsibility with a list of required quals/tickets a mile long. They were offering two thirds of the rate I was first on 5 years ago and the new role was within IR35! You pay peanuts....I couldn’t have written that better myself. Best of luck with the day rate gig. You can’t buy back time with family, I’ve learned that. We have been moderately successful at building in house teams on decent money and keeping as many skills as we can. Finding good blokes was a challenge for a while. It seems to me that SGRE are in the shit frankly. When Siemens were operating on their own it was ok. They had a few wee issues but they knew what they were doing. The initial amalgamation with Gamesa just seemed to send them into a spiral of failure. I don’t think that could be laid at the door of the gamesa or Siemens technicians feet either.
I never though I’d say it but it a lot of ways I’m glad to be off the tools. I miss some aspects of it but as you said the industry is just continually racing to the bottom.