Q : For the past year, I've been frustrated with my job. I felt like I hit a ceiling - the projects I'm working on weren't interesting, I wasn't getting any more responsibility, and there was zero chance of getting a pay raise.
So, I started looking and applying for roles... and would you believe it? I got an offer. Great job, great company, and more money. Result, right?
Err, almost. My current company have made a counter offer. More money, more responsibility, and new projects.
What should I do?
A : Ahh, the counter offer. Two words that strike fear into the heart of any recruiter.
The stats are pretty damning. 80% of candidates who accept a counter offer end up leaving their employer within six months. Ouch.
Here's the thing: 20% stay on. That's not an insignificant number either.
What would make taking the counter offer worthwhile? Maybe those oft-mentioned plans are finally happening? Maybe there's a new team to head up? Or a new office? On the balance of things, yes, the counter offer would be worth it.
But take a moment to think about your motivations and aspirations. What drew you to the new opportunity? Why does it stack up so well compared with your old role?
Ultimately, this is your choice. Only you can decide what's best for you - just do it with a clear head and with eyes wide open.