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How much salary should I ask my new employer?

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

When candidates embark on a journey to secure a new job, the attraction of a higher salary often shows up in their minds. However, the critical question of how much to negotiate for often crystallizes at the final interview or after receiving the offer.

But here's the deal: To maximize your potential, it's imperative to strategize for your entire compensation package before you even start on the job hunt.

At Black Pearl, we advocate a proactive approach. We advise candidates to kick-start their journey with thoughtful preparation and meticulous research. Begin by listing every compensation component, from monetary rewards to intangible benefits. Then, reinforce your negotiation position by arming yourself with market data and a clear understanding of the percentage increase that befits your worth, factoring in all relevant variables such as:

1. Industry Norms: Research industry standards and salary benchmarks for the specific role and location you're applying for. This will give you a sense of what is considered typical in your field.

2. Experience and Skills: Your years of experience, skills, and qualifications should significantly determine the percentage increase. More knowledge and valuable skills often warrant a higher increase.

3. Cost of Living: Consider the cost of living in the new location, as this can vary significantly from place to place. A higher cost of living may justify a more significant salary increase.

4. Current Compensation: Evaluate your current salary and benefits package. A more significant increase may be warranted if you're significantly below market rate or taking on additional responsibilities in the new role.

5. Company Size and Financial Health: Smaller companies with limited resources may have less flexibility in salary negotiations than larger, financially stable organizations.

6. Negotiation Skills: Your ability to negotiate effectively can also impact the percentage increase you receive. Be prepared to make a compelling case for your desired salary.

7. Total Compensation: Consider not only the base salary but also other elements of your compensation package, such as bonuses, benefits, and stock options.

8. Long-Term Goals: Consider your long-term career goals and how this job and its compensation align with them. Sometimes, accepting a slightly lower initial offer can be beneficial if it offers other opportunities for growth or advancement.

Black Pearl is a leading HR consulting and recruitment agency in the UAE and the wider GCC region, covering Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain. We have specialist recruitment partners handling various roles from junior to senior positions in healthcare/medical, engineering, construction, property, facilities management, FMCG, supply chain/logistics, defense, aviation, financial services, banking, oil and gas, and government firms. Our unmatched recruitment service aims to help our clients find the best expatriates and nationals here and overseas.


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