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Been offered a job - negotiating?

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Beaverfeaver Thu 17-Oct-13 18:28:11

I have just recently been offered a new job for a company I would very much like to work for.

The money is slightly less, but that is fine as the progression prospects are quite good and it's still market value.

However, the hours are longer (5 hours per week) and its 5 days less holidays a year than I currently get.

It's also an extra 10 miles each way on my daily journey.

I have responded to the job offer to say that I am eager and would like the job but that I have slight concerns over the difference in terms from my current employment and that I would like to think about it, and if there is any flexibility on terms I would be happy to come in and discuss.

I haven't had a response yet.

Would you negotiate?

Could I end up regretting this?

eggyhead Thu 17-Oct-13 21:27:22

What do you want to negotiate exactly? If everyone works the same hours and gets the same holiday you will struggle to up those. You also cannot change the location!

You could ask them to up their offer I guess.

I've changed jobs a lot and although I have taken less money in the past I wouldn't do it now. Several times I have been oversold jobs and it wasn't actually worth taking the hit.

EBearhug Thu 17-Oct-13 21:31:22

Negotiating can be good. I learnt this when I was offered a job that I wasn't actually that keen on, so I said because of what it would cost me in extra travel and so on, I wouldn't consider it for less than about 25% more than I was being paid at that time, thinking it would price me out of the running. I was quite shocked that they took it seriously and went to HR to try and get it signed off (I then turned it down anyway - the money wasn't the main issue for me.) It's made me a lot more likely to get pushy about terms and salary since (although it is definitely easier when you don't really mind about the job.)

The worst that can happen is that they say no, it's the original offer or nothing. But they might offer more, and your approach sounds fine.

Men do this all the time, apparently. It's perfectly acceptable behaviour, certainly in my field.

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