Whether you’re starting your first job, your dream job or chasing that promotion, negotiating your salary can be tricky

Employers might offer a salary that doesn’t meet your expectations so knowing how to get a salary that you believe is a reflection of your expertise and skillset is important, whilst being mindful of the employer's budget. Here are some of our top tips on negotiating your salary:

1. Why?

Ask yourself why you think you deserve your desired salary - have you taken on new responsibilities since you were hired? Have you been going above and beyond what is expected of you rather than just meeting your expectations? Is your current salary lower than comparable roles being offered across the market? Make sure you are clear as to why you believe you merit a higher salary before starting your negotiation.

2. Is your CV a true reflection of your skills?

If you are applying for a new job, make sure your CV gives a true representation of your skills, qualities and experience. It’s important you have a strong CV, giving the employer some background as to what you’re bringing to the table. You should also highlight any rare skills within your sector to bolster your position in the negotiation.

3. Have you done your research?

Before approaching your current or potential employer, do your research. Be aware of the market rate of the experience and skills you will be bringing to the role. Use this information to strengthen your case.

Ensure your research is a reflection of your needs, but also make sure it’s realistic. Take into consideration what you need to live on and have an idea in your head a figure you would be satisfied with, this should be the minimum you would accept.

When it comes to it, start with your goal salary as it gives your employer room to negotiate, they will most likely consider your experience in relation to others in the team with similar experience. Providing a bit of wiggle room will help your efforts to get a salary you’re pleased with.

4. What are your justifications?

Before starting your negotiation with an employer, have a plan of action. You can be faced with some tough questions so be prepared to justify your reasoning. Have evidence to back yourself up when justifying reasoning for a high salary.

Remember to look at your overall package when making an informed decision. Flexible working pattern, pension, time off and set hours also need to be taken into account and can be good non-pay alternatives if negotiation of salary is limited.

Flexible working pattern, pension, time off and set hours also need to be taken into account and can be good non-pay alternatives if negotiation of salary is limited.

5. Have you talked to the experts?

Our team can help consult in what to expect from your employer, and ensure that you are receiving a pay which is in reflection to your knowledge and skill set. We ensure that all our candidates are placed in a role which is best suited to them.

We know exactly what someone with your type of experience and expertise is worth. We manage our candidate’s expectations and help them make informed decisions.

6. Are you being respectful?

Remember to be respectful, you should be firm with your negotiations and be confident in your reasoning, but don’t forget to listen to your employer. Take in what the other side is saying and try to understand their needs in order to find a solution which ensures both parties are happy.

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