Don’t Settle For Less Than You Are Worth

Katherine Scrowther

9th May 2016

Our work life is a significant part of our week which is why it’s important to make sure what you’re doing is giving you the rewards you deserve. It’s not uncommon for employees to be paid lower than their actual worth, and although there are other factors that might be keeping you happy, it’s always helpful to know your value. 

When you’re looking for a new role, make sure what you’re clear on what is being offered in the market and what you would need in order to be fully committed in your next career step. What salary can ensure you live rather than survive? And what company culture and benefits would keep you content?


Do your homework 

There is a lot of help you can get online; websites such as Glassdoor can give you a real insight as to what a company is like, and job postings via job boards or recruiter websites can give you a clear range of what the market rate of your role could be. It’s important to note that lots of roles have a range in salaries on offer. Don’t just look at the salary, look at the duties and responsibilities. Be honest with yourself about what you are capable of doing.

Not just the basic salary 

Basic salaries are incredibly important, but the range of other income and benefits is incredibly diverse in the job market. Be clear on what’s important to you as these benefits can have a significant value. Pension, overtime, bonus, holiday entitlement, shift payments, subsidised benefits such as canteens or gyms can make a difference in what you earn.

Know your worth and be prepared to negotiate 

Let’s be honest, it’s highly likely that you are going to get into some kind of negotiation to get the best possible deal. Knowing your facts will give you some confidence that you are negotiating on an objective basis rather than a gut feel. Different companies approach this differently, some will discuss an interview while others can wait until the very end of the process – be prepared for either.

Talk your worth 

Most people struggle with the idea of negotiating face to face and can under-negotiate their worth by giving their minimum expectations. If you are clear on what’s important in your overall package, you can explain clearly and concisely what it is you’re looking for. Not all companies want to get you on the lowest possible deal – they want to know what you’re happy with, but you need to give them confidence that you know what you’re talking about. If you have done your homework, know what you’re capable of doing, and know your worth, then you will give yourself the best opportunity to gain a deal that works for you on every level.

At Just IT Recruitment we help candidates find the right role and we make sure they get paid for what they are worth. We advise on the roles we currently have available and we do our best to meet their needs. If you are currently looking for a new role with the correct pay, give us a call today on 020 7426 9835 or visit our latest opportunities here.