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The Big Q: I set my salary too low - should I increase it?

Posted on 11/01/2022
by Client Server

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Q: I'm a dev who's taking advantage of the insane number of jobs on the market right now. I've got a few interviews on the go and they're all progressing pretty well. The only problem is that in the initial stages, I set my salary expectations much lower than what I actually want. Now that I'm close to the offer stage, I want to be up front and make sure I get the money I want. What's the best way to do that? 


A: Talking about salary can be quite difficult. You don't want to undersell yourself, but you don't want to alienate potential employers by pitching yourself too high as well. 

It's a fact that tech companies have a pretty good idea of how 'good' devs are relative to their salary. A job might list a salary range of £50,000-£60,000 but the hiring manager will know what a £60k calibre candidate looks like compared with a £50k one. 

It helps to have someone in your corner to help pitch your salary expectations at just the right level. 

At Client Server, our recruitment consultants and account managers use the most up to date salary information to help candidates get a realistic sense of the market. One of the first things they will ask you when you apply for a job is your salary expectations. It helps them to advise you on your next step and only suggest jobs that are suitable. 

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