Your guide to salary negotiations

When you have been offered a new job and are considering the role, salary negotiations are crucial. You want to appear keen on the company and interested in career fulfilment without selling yourself out for less than you are worth. Here are some tips to help you navigate these tricky negotiations...

Top tips for salary negotiations

1. Know what you are worth. Good salary negotiations begin with good market knowledge. In normal circumstances, you should aim for around 8% higher than your current salary. You should also research the market to see what competitors and similar positions are paying. This will give you a strong hand in the negotiations.

2. Wait until the employer brings it up. In an interview, it's best to wait until the employer brings up salary so that you don't appear more interested in money than in the role. In most cases, employers will ask you what your current salary is or what your salary expectations are. They may even ask you this on a job application form. If an employer hasn't mentioned salary by the end of the interview, it's fine for you to bring it up - but do it as a side note rather than a formal question.

3. Consider the other benefits. A good private health care policy, generous holiday allowance and pension contribution are just some of the many benefits that it may be worth weighing up against the salary.

4. Give a range. When asked about your salary expectations, give a range rather than a single figure. This will suggest flexibility and sensitivity to the company.

5. Are you relocating? If so, you should consider the cost of living in the city you are moving to. If it's lower than where you currently are, you may actually be expected to take a pay cut.

6. Know your priorities. If this is your dream job, it would be a shame to let it go because you couldn't get an extra couple of thousand pounds during salary negotiations.

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