How to negotiate your salary?

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Negotiation can be scary. But what’s even scarier is not negotiating.

So, whether you’re male or female, in your first job or your fifth, it’s time to start negotiating. And we’re here to help, with a roundup of expert tips to get you totally prepped for your next negotiation.

Understanding the company's situation and your value will ensure a successful negotiation.

 

Why are you worth it?

The key to negotiating your salary is gathering as much information as possible before negotiation begins.

How is the company doing?

Understanding the company's situation and your value will ensure a successful negotiation.

It is important to understand how the company you are interviewing with is performing. Have they posted record profits for the previous year, or is their financial performance below their targets? Have they made many redundancies in the past 12 months?

All of these factors will have an effect on whether the organisation is going to pay above/below or on the market rate salary for a role.

How much do employees carrying out similar roles receive?

Find out how much employees carrying out similar roles are paid. The key is to demonstrate your views with good examples of similar jobs both inside and outside the firm. Benchmark your salary against the Robert Walters Salary Survey in your sector.

General market conditions in your sector

Is there a shortage of candidates with your skill set in the industry you work in? Have general salaries been rising or falling with in the sector? Are there a high number of roles appropriate to your skill set available in the sector?

It is important you know the answers to all of these questions so that you understand what level of salary you are able to request and what is realistic.

Determine whether there are any salary trade-offs

Try not to be lured into a false sense of satisfaction by the top-line salary figure. Make sure you do your salary sums because you may have increased costs in your new job.

For example, you may need to travel further to reach your new office or workplace and you might lose out on other benefits too. Of course, the reverse can be true. Your new salary may not be as high as you'd like but there could be other advantages; a company car, free health insurance, gym membership or other perks.

Never forget, however, that this is the wage you're going to be living on. So the greater actual salary you earn the greater your financial security.

Find out what you're worth with the Robert Walters Salary Survey.

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For more career advice, and information on how to switch careers, please contact:

Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa)
nic.sephton-poultney@robertwalters.com
+27 (0)11 881 2414

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