Next, spend some time researching what the market rates are for the type of position you’re applying for.
To start with, you could ask friends, colleagues or other contacts in similar fields what they earn. You could say something like, “I’ve been offered £X for a job. Do you think that’s a reasonable figure?” or “What do you think would be a reasonable rate for a job involving X?” More tips on this can be found here.
Check out salary comparison sites
There are also countless salary comparison resources out there to help you understand what other companies or roles are paid across disciplines, including tools on sites like LinkedIn and Glassdoor.
It’s worth noting that salaries for the same job might change depending on the sector, discipline and industry. For example salaries in the education or charity sectors will vary in comparison to those in tech.
While it’s common to raise your salary by leaving one role for another, some people will also start a new role and take a salary cut for their dream job, or because they’re passionate about the work. Others might sacrifice other things for higher pay, like company benefits.