I've found myself in a strange situation, and I'm not too sure how to handle it. Background first:
I work in IT as a developer/consultant. What I do is really niche; there aren't many people who have the same skills, and equally aren't that many places who are demanding them.
The end client outsources all their IT. I have been contracting to the IT supplier for the past 12 years - it tended to either be 12 months or 6 months at a time, the last one being August to July.
The IT contract was up for tender this year, and the current outsourcer has lost the contract. The new provider is due to take over in November. As my contract was up at the end of July, I was given a new contract directly with the end client for 6 months. This isn't unprecedented - there has previously been a contractor in this role who billed directly to the end client, and worked quite happily alongside the IT outsourcer. There is one other guy on my direct team - he is a permanent employee of the outsourcer, and has the option to TUPE across to the new company. He's made it pretty clear he intends to do this.
This week, a job advert has turned up on the internet. It's very clear that it's my job. If the description wasn't enough, one of the recruitment agencies was stupid enough to include the name of the company in the advert. Someone I used to work with alerted me to it, asking if I was leaving, which was the first I'd heard about it.
The new company already have some presence on site for the transition, but I think they're mainly managers. I met one of them about 6 weeks ago, and he actually made a good first impression. Nothing was mentioned about recruiting, and there isn't really room for a third person.
Short term, I'm fine - I'm contracted until January, and I have a vast amount of business knowledge in my head that they need. Longer term, I'm more confused than anything: as far as I know, I'm very highly regarded in the workplace (and as a contractor, if I wasn't they would have got shot of me by now), and the salary that is being offered is only a shade under my current wage - certainly not worth 12 years experience with this client. I don't know if the end client are aware of the move or not.
Any thoughts on my next step? I have various scenarios running through my head. It's probably just as well I have the weekend to ponder it, as it means I'm less likely to print off the advert and walk into the office brandishing it in my fist whilst demanding 'what the f***'s this then, eh, you c***?'