Post # 16
Unless you have any reason to believe the workplace you would be moving to would be hostile or disrespectful, or you’d be moving on to work that you find dissatisfying, I see no reason not to take the opportunity. Make sure you do your homework to find out as much as you can about the work environment as well as the position you’ve been asked to fill, adn then make an informed decision.
If the only thing holding you back is that you like the people you are currently working with, then I think it would be silly not to take the higher paying job. There are nice people everywhere and you’ll make new work friends. Besides, if the team you work with is really that important to you, you can remain friends outside of work after you leave. If they’re not important enough to you that you see yourself continuing to be friends after you leave, then they’re most certainly not important enough to give up a great opportunity for!
Post # 17
sbl99 : What does the new job offer as far as healthcare goes? A lot of gov contract jobs lack a lot of the benefits other jobs have that makes the pay increase negligible. My preference would be to stay at my current job with the team I loved, but I’ve been a gov contractor and wouldn’t give up my permanent job to do that again, regardless of the pay increase.
Post # 18
PPs make some good points about it being a contact position – how confident are you that it will become permanent? Is it essentially a matter of “it’s contract just so that they can be sure I’m the right fit before taking me on permanently” and you are confident you will perform the job to the required expectations? Then take it. If there is no real reason to believe it will become permanent, I’d be much more hesitant. You could use the offer as leverage to ask for a raise at your current position.
missinthecity : makes a good point about health benefits. Definitely look into those before deciding as well and consider how any change may impact your bottom line even after accounting for the pay increase.
Post # 19
Money talks bull sh*t walks. Plus with govt you get pension etc.
Post # 20
I’d do it in a heartbeat.
Imagine the impact on your retirement if you continued your current standard of living and socked the extra $$$ away in 401k, IRA, etc.
Post # 21
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This sounds too good to be true. I don’t think I know anyone who would be up for a $50k pay raise working for the government. I’d be hesitant. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples in your compensation packages RE healthcare, retirement, paid leave, transportation, travel, hours of work, and anticipated location that you will be expected to work.
I took a $5k pay raise a few years ago but lost out on vacation time offered for the last three years, and I only just last month started earning my annual leave at the same rate I was when I went from a state job to a city job. I also lost out a little in how much my previous employer contributed to our retirement. Otherwise, the benefits at the new place far outweighed the old location – and I was bitter about the amount I was getting paid, too.
Post # 22
Thanks Bees for commenting. You’re all right this opportunity is too good to give up and I intend on giving my notice today.
To clarify about the 6 month contract:
The team is offering very few permanent positions right now, as they’re going through a restructure. Its their view to bring on contractors to handle the transition and either extending or offering permanency at its completion. I am not worried about keeping this job at the end of the 6 months.
The benefits they offer far outstrip those of my current place. 14 weeks paid parental leave. Free gym. Super (401k for US) contributions. Higher super (14%) than industry standard (9.5%). All of which my current job doesn’t have. In Australia, government jobs are seen as cushy and are sought after.
My current company will never promote me or come close to matching the salary. They’re notorious for paying their staff poorly, and I’m.not billable, so I’m the very last to ever get pay rises. Kind of a dick move I know.
Everyone I have spoken to say this department is awesome to work for. And, funnily enough, my current employer has just signed an agreement with this department to provide a bunch of IT transformation services (like millions of $) so I will see people from my old work around the new offices.
I was being silly, considering not taking it. It seems like a no brainer.