Thinking about returing to working after staying at home for 5 years to have children.
Will be going through an agency who are gonna ask me what my expected salary is, do I say what it was 5 years ago, or do I allow for inflamation (is that the right word????). Hope somebody can help on here - many thanks
i think your old rate plus inflation a bit. if you are up to speed with it, maybe allow for a sideways move otherwise? I have tried looking for p/t work now (after freelancing for 6 years) and I can't hope tpo match my old salary I fear. Hoping for something interesting which I can explain on my CV as getting me up to speed with new developments.
I think that you need to find out what the goign rate is for someone with your experience taking into account any retraining you might need. Sometimes slaries vary by factors other than inflation (eg jobs are very scarce which can depress salaries, or candidates are very scarce pushing up salaries).
Don't be too hard on yourself. I left work on $240K 4 years ago and have just gone back at $200K pro rata. I probably could have gotten closer to the old salary but location and part-time was very important to me. What I take away from it is that it really depends on how bouyant the employment market is right now for your kind of skill set. I think being a bit older actually helps with the credibility too and I would honestly say that I have learned a lot in the intervening years as a biproduct of being a SAHM especially on the communications front.