There is always another skipper who is willing to undercut my price, are they insured for professional indemnity, to drive your pride and joy or your million pound Wfsv? I set my price, my terms etc and if the employer doesn't want to pay then they don't get my services. It is nice there are a few companies who will sort out everything for you to work on one of their vessels ie hire cars, hotels etc. I don't take the piss but I do expect a certain standard of accommodation and when I was freelancing I was never short of work
I went alongside the carrier, I survived and didnt even get shot at!!!