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Negotiating your salary

Salary can sometimes be a difficult topic to raise as many people dislike discussing money. If this is uncomfortable for you, it’s a hurdle you must overcome! Read our advice below and you should be able to negotiate your salary package with confidence.

Check if the salary package you’ve been offered is fair by using an online salary checker or visiting job boards to see what other roles at the same level generally pay. Remember to take your location into account as salaries can differ greatly between regions within the UK. Use your research and experience to come up with a salary range you would look at and enter negotiations at the higher end of the scale.

Ask the person who made you the offer how often salary reviews or appraisals will be undertaken for the role. Bear this information in mind when negotiating; it might be that you start on a lower figure than you’d like but can arrange for a salary increase in 6 – 12 months if you’re reaching your KPIs.

Make sure you get full details of bonus payments or commission as well as other benefits such as flexible working, childcare schemes, company car or car allowance, company shares and pension. Remember when negotiating your salary that you need to look at the whole package rather than just the figure.

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