What I have seen is AMOs pitting you head hunters against each other and driving down their cost to the point that why would they employ full time when it is cheaper to use contract labour. Not to mention working us like slaves, who actually wants to work 50 60 70 hr weeks. I am better off to stay at home and drive a truck
Several times I've seen those kind of hours promoted in agency ad's. I think the expectation is general horniness to do nothing but wrench on airplanes.
The sad reality is, at the wages currently offered, it's what a guy needs to do to make it count, particularly if perdiums, transportation, accommodation are not inclusive. This is not singling out your agency, but all of them. You all offer the same thing.
Its hilarious to see a company post on here looking for everything, a few weeks pass, suddenly 3-4 agencies post in succession looking for the same and offering the same.
IMO, $50 with the above included, is minimum what a experienced contractor should be getting in this day and age, with time and a half after 10 hrs up to 12. "working" after 12 hours in my experiences has shown negligible value in quality of work performed, actually past 10 if graveyard.
Otherwise it seems a classic case of getting what you pay for.