During the recent period of uncertainty surrounding my job at Crytek I had to apply to a load of studios. I did the test for Reflections as well as the interviews and was eventually offered a 12 month contract. During the interview process though more information came to light about the potential split from Crytek to Dambuster Studios, and as a result I found myself in a position where I felt I didn't need the Ubi job as a backup anymore, as working things out here was my main priority if a possibility.
The reason I'm saying this is because when I replied to Ubi to decline their job offer, in the reply I mentioned (politely of course) that I was I was a little disappointed in the contract term offered - it would involve moving my life to Newcastle from Nottingham and also moving my girlfriend there, meaning she would have to change job, and in the end after 12 months I could end up having to move again. A few days later they replied and offered me a permanent contract instead.
Now I'm not saying to decline the job offer based on this at all, as you are running the risk of them not coming back with a better offer. However, if you feel that you are in a position where you have a job that is perfectly good (Jagex?) that you wouldn't really mind staying at, and you aren't 100% sold on the terms of the Ubi position, then maybe it's worth a shot. You wouldn't even have to decline it, you could just write to them and express your concerns.
Thanks for the advice.
Yes, this at Reflections.
After thinking it over the weekend, this morning I sent an email declining their initial offer. Later on they called back and offered a higher salary but were not willing to change the role into a permanent position on the count of it being a junior role.
Still, I'm likely to turn down the new offer. Like you said, there's no guarantee that I'll be kept on after the contract ends, which would be a headache, and it will most likely be a death march, which is never fun.
As for my current job...eh...it isn't perfectly good. But then again - no job is. In fact, the whole reason I started applying elsewhere was to take on a role that's more challenging and more involving than what I currently do. Things have been very stagnant for a long time, which isn't great for motivation, and I really feel like I need a change but I don't this this would be the right move to make...
Ah well. Guess I'll have to keep looking.