Negotiating Job Offer - more money plz!
July 5, 2012 9:09 AM Subscribe
I got a job offer! Hooray! The job doesn't have any benefits attached to it, but I have been offered a high salary to compensate for this. Should I negotiate one particular benefit important to me?
posted by ZEsockpuppet to Work & Money (13 answers total)
I am working in a particularly lucrative industry with many benefits and perks associated with the job. Let's say this is a tech company and I am a software engineer. In my old job, I was working in City X (in the UK) and I was getting paid within top 10% for my experience and skillset.
I have interviewed and got a job offer from Startup Tech Company in London. I was told in the interview that there will be no benefits, but I will be offered a high salary to compensate for this. I was expecting a pay increase of 30%, and would be very happy with 40%.
Job offer came, and offered me a raise of 90%!! After deducting for some benefits, I think that it's an equivalent of 80% raise. I'm probably the highest paid software engineer in my experience range (not even kidding). I am not going to negotiate the salary at all, because I think this is definitely a very generous salary and fairly compensates for the risky nature of a startup. I was also offered very generous stock options.
However, would it be fine to ask for a small one-off relocation allowance, and how should I phrase this? I would expect a relocation allowance of 2% of annual salary. It's fairly typical for "tech" companies to offer a one-off relocation allowance, but I'm wondering whether I should ask because the salary is already very generous.
Also relevant is that I had already intended to move to London long before, and stated this explicitly in my interview. So this is not a relocation hardship, and Startup Tech Company knows this. Secondly, let's assume the best from the hiring manager and no one is trying to lowball me (far from it).