Thanks Adam that would be good
It’s not easy an easy one to explain I’m afraid - deep breath :
The project she’s was brought in to fix is with a major bank - A.
The people who had made a mess of the project were supplied through a third-party company - B. They have a lot of people working for A on various projects within the bank but they are placed on an ad-hoc basis through company B not as individual contractors in the normal sense.
The banks preferred supplier for contractors is normally C.
Due to the problems with the project and the fact that Anne was available as an immediate start, A asked that she be placed through company B rather than wait the 6 weeks it would normally take placing someone through C.
This is what happened so technically Anne is a sub-contractor of B.
The bank wanted Anne to renew her contract until the end of June, the money to cover her renewal had been allocated and she had drawn up a statement of work to cover the justification for the extension which had been agreed and accepted by the bank and company B.
In light of this - three weeks ago Company B issued a contract for Anne to sign (electronically) and send it off to D; who deal with the contracts and payments for company B. But as company B have always been very slow in getting anything done Anne booked her flights for April and had her hotel draw up a new contract to take her through to June. (Luckily this hasn’t been signed yet.)
Two weeks ago the the first inkling of a problem - Company B were supposed to submit an exception for two sub-contractors to the bank but somehow this wasn’t done for Anne. When it was discovered that B hadn’t done this then her boss in the bank said he would sort it out before he went on holiday and assured Anne it would be fine.
Now she had a great working relationship with the bank and had absolutely no reason to believe it wouldn’t get sorted, but it now turns out he didn’t manage to speak to the person he was meant to before he went on holiday - so the admin side of the bank rejected her renewal.
On Thursday Anne receives a frantic phone call from her colleague saying there is now a major issue with her renewal and it looked like it had been rejected.
Company B phoned late Friday afternoon to say she wasn’t being extended and that they had allocated a new Test Manager from their own company to take over. They have said they never signed the renewal so there is no further action for them to take.
Needless to say she is very upset and angry. Added to that, now she needs to look for work again she’s concerned that the Chinese whispers will start as she has just suddenly disappeared without a word.
Sorry if it reads like some two-bit crime novel but I don’t want to name names openly.