Post # 1
If you were offered 60% more cash to work elsewhere would you take it? Even if you loved your current workplace (just not the salary)?
I have an opportunity to work for the government (contract position with view to permanency in 6 months), which is SO much more money than I’m currently earning. We just bought a house, getting married next year, kids soon after. We could really use the money.
But….. it’s not like we’re struggling right now on my current wage – life would just be easier if I earnt the extra $50k pa. I have forged great relationships with my current colleagues, it’s just….I took on all this extra work outside my original scope of duties (about another 50% on top of my workload) and the pay increase they offered? $2k. Not lying, I got bitter.
Would you take the 60% extra elsewhere?
Post # 2
I’d take the cash.
Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s important to be devoted to your workplace and colleagues, but frankly, teams and workplaces change. Nothing is permanent. Taking care of yourself first is the best way to ensure you’re in a position to give 100% to others.
Post # 3
Umm if you don’t the need and it is t a job you’d enjoy then there is more to life than work and money.
If you are ready for a change and to form new bonds with a new team then go for it! 6 months though… it’s nit guaranteed.
Have you tried speaking to your current employer about getting paid more?
Personally I’d do it but I am ready for a change anyway so it would be a no brainer!
Post # 4
I would, you are already bitter now that will influence your work happiness. If you like the job you’re offered I would take it. It’s always a bit of a gamble if it’s a good fit but your current team can change as well..
Post # 5
I’d take it. Infact Id bite their hand off for it. There’s so much more to life than work and I’d much rather be in a financial position to do more things I enjoy outside of work. Like you I’m quite comfortable on my current earnings but if someone were to offer me a 60% increase, I’d be off like a shot.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2018 - The Venue, Barkisland, UK
I would too. That kind of increase is hard to turn down. And just because my coworkers now are great, does not mean that I won’t find other great coworkers elsewhere.
Post # 7
I’m in the minority in that I’d stay. Depending on your line of work, it’s super rare for temp government contractors to be made permanent. What’s your plan after 6 months? If it was a permanent position, I’d leave no question, but long term stability trumps a pay increase for me.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2018 - Location
I would do it. At the stage of life where you’re getting marred, buying a house, starting a family you really do need the extra cash.
That being said I’d be worried about it being a 6-month contract…not sure what to say about that.
Post # 9
A large pay bump like that doesn’t come along often. I would not pass it up, unless you truly think you’d be unhappy at the new job.
If your contract isn’t renewed or made permanent, you can use that new salary as leverage to get yourself a higher paying position elsewhere after 6 months.
Post # 10
I’d absolutely take it. You can find great coworkers anywhere. Plus this pay bump sets you up for the next one. So if you leave this job you will get an even higher pay bump at the next one. It will effect not only the next 6mos to a year but it will make you a higher earner for the rest of your life. That will help out your family in the future.
Post # 11
I would take it. Your co-workers would do the same, lol. 😉
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY
I was in your situation a few years back: part of a team I loved and an awesome boss, then received an offer with a significant salary increase. I gave a heads up to my boss about the offer. My employer counter offered with a promotion that included a hefty salary increase, and I got to keep my awesome boss. Now I have both the team I love and the money.
If your current team wants to keep you, they will show it to you. If they don’t, I would take the cash.
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2015 - City, State
Heck yes I would do it. My only hesitation would be that this other job is only 6 month with possibility of being permanent. That would worry me.
Post # 14
I’d go to your current employer and be honest. Tell them that you love your job but you’ve taken on all these extra duties and feel undercompensated for it and that now you have a company offering you a lot more money so you would like to stay but need more money to do so.
Post # 15
You had be saying leave until you said “contract”. From the people I have known to take those jobs normally don’t get kept on. They end up trying to find someone that will take less pay.
So in 6 months there is the very real chance you could be without a job.
But if it was just leaving a team for more money, hell yes.