WWYD regarding salary?

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SunglassesOn Thu 13-Aug-20 15:05:33

We are constantly being told that, as women, we sell ourselves short and settle for lower salaries whereas men negotiate better.

I had a somewhat successful career but took a bit of a career break for a couple of years. I have been working but not full time, not in the same sector and not earning anything like I was and was not feeling fulfilled.

Now I am looking to move back into my career. There is a pandemic and a recession. Should I be taking a 20% pay cut from what I used to earn? The obvious answer is yes given the current circumstances. I just need someone else to give me their thoughts.

NC as this is incredibly outing.

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CloudsCanLookLikeSheep Thu 13-Aug-20 15:21:34

You're worth what someone is prepared to pay you, so really it's the market that determines your salary. Which at the moment is difficult for everyone.

flowery Thu 13-Aug-20 17:07:17

You should look for whatever the market rate is. In some professions that has changed recently so do plenty of research to see whether a 20% cut is now normal.

BikeTyson Thu 13-Aug-20 17:09:59

How is this outing?

I think it depends what you have been offered and what, realistically, the prospects are in your industry. If you’re wanting to get back to work then 80% of your previous salary is better than zero, especially if it’s a potential stepping stone for the future.

SunglassesOn Thu 13-Aug-20 17:13:19

I know what the market rate is up until the spring. I don't think it's possible to say exactly what the market rate is based on the last couple of months. From people I know and what I've heard, a small percentage have taken a pay cut but many have been working from home on the same pay.

I'm aware I'm incredibly lucky to have the option of a role in the current climate.

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