Thanks for all the excellent comments, ladies. I can see that I didn’t give enough detail, so I’m very appreciative of your efforts to answer despite the lack of info. I’m always afraid of giving away too much detail on the internet, so here’s more detail, albeit probs still a bit vague:
– First off, sorry for saying “company” — I can see that that threw many of you off — technically, my potential employer is a private medical clinic, and while it is successful, it is not large
– I currently work 3 days per week for an NGO and the offer I received is for a part-time position to fill my other 2 days.
– The position I applied for is largely unrelated to my NGO job. Instead, it is for a small, private medical clinic delivering a specialised therapy in which I hold a master’s degree.
– The salary i’m negotiating is pro-rated (so, for example, if someone earns $50,000 per year, a pro-rated salary for working 2 days would be $20,000/year). In this case, I wanted my salary to be close to my NGO salary if possible
Here are some other factors to consider:
– Their offer was about $4,000 lower than the salary I requested, instead of a full $10,000. (Since it only applies to 2 days per week.)
– In this country (UK), I need to become fully registered with the Health Professions Council, which takes time and hours with clients in the UK regardless of prior experience outside the country, in my particular case. The position with the medical clinic will give me this opportunity (hours with clients)
– I will be using my Master’s degree skills by taking a position with the medical clinic
– It has been difficult for me to assess the value of my skills/degree without full licensure in this country; as such, I feel that if I ask for a higher salary, I need to give a logical reason why I should command it, as their offer is consistent with market rates for people in my field who have not officially completed their registration, this makes me feel that I don’t have much to stand on despite the fact that I have more education and experience than many others who are being paid at the same level. (This is of course frustrating because I have extensive experience and completed all my necessary hours in the USA.)