How to negotiate pay

posted 7 months ago in Career
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

caligirl3 :  I think it would be fair to keep the rate the same to the company so if they paid the temp agency $50/hour then can keep paying that, but to you. That way the company is likely paying the same rate but less hours (saving them money overall), but you are seeing all of the rate so your pay stays about the same. Plus you will now have more hours a week to pick up other freelance jobs. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

LilliV :  I agree. Don’t take this as a pay cut. If they’re expecting the same amount of work for less hours then definitely charge a higher rate. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

The last two posters are correct. Even if the rate you ask for gives you the same total salary, they are still getting out ahead, because your company was getting a portion before you got your check. Now they can pay you a “discounted rate,” and still get ahead. Just make sure your total pay is AT LEAST what you were making before. Shoot higher, if they want to negotiate down, they can, but if you aim too low, you will never know what you missed out on.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Also don’t forget to factor in employee benefits. Will you be a contractor or will you get other benefits. If you will not have other benefits you should probably factor that in to your rate.

Previously I did contract work for an agency and received less than 50% of what they charged users, and some people did not even use all the hours that they paid for.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

oh! and was your agency taking taxes out of your pay before? Were they paying the employer portion of taxes? That’s another thing to consider – depending on how they pay you your tax liability may go up substantially so make sure you factor that in. 

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