I'm a web developer from Dublin and a web development agency whom I used to work with as a normal employee has asked me to quote a day rate to them.
However, they've asked for a discount as they want to hire me on retainer for two fixed days per week were I cannot work for anyone else & be 100% available to them. But they're guaranteeing to pay me for those two days even if they have no work for me. And they said they could increase the amount of days when I have them available.
I'm eager to work with them again as I like there work processes and they often have new & interesting projects. It will also be convenient for me as I'm moving abroad and can work for them from home.
At the moment I charge €450 per day. How much would be normal to discount a retainer contract like this? Also I know they pay €200 a day to an eastern european developers on a similar arrangement. They know that with my move abroad that my cost of living will be less so they may expect a similar rate.
I have one client who regularly pays me €450 rate but is unhappy I'm moving abroad as he regularly requests me to come into his office and work.
I'm considering offering them €350 per day but this is such a huge drop, it seems like I may be selling myself short. But then it would be nice to get such regular work with a company I like.