In today’s candidate driven publishing jobs market, good candidates will sometimes be spoilt for choice. We are increasingly seeing counter offers made by companies who are reluctant to lose talented staff to competitors or other sectors. Although it’s a flattering position to be in, making a decision can be very tricky, especially as you’ll usually be given only a short space of time to weigh up your options. Some people do end up making the wrong decision and return to job hunting after a few months, so we want to help you avoid that!
If you do find yourself considering a counter offer, here are some things to think about:
- What were your reasons for applying for a new job in the first place? Does your current employer not offer the progression you want? Or are there problems with the company itself? Will any issues resolve themselves in time or still be there in a few months?
- Will this new role offer you increased responsibility and duties which will be more rewarding than what your current employer is offering? Maybe the role works with a more exciting product or offers line management or international travel which you’ve always wanted to do.
- Counter offers often take the form of a salary increase but if your current employer has promised you increased responsibility or perks of some kind, you should question if it is realistic that these will materialise. We’ve seen cases where they haven’t so it’s advisable to get any changes to your job agreed in writing before you agree to stay on.
- If your prospective new employer cannot meet the salary your current employer has counter offered, it’s worth asking about future career progression and when you will be eligible for a salary review and/or bonus. It might be within a few months or after your probation period.
- It’s also worth enquiring about benefits. Some employers offer very generous benefit packages and the perks they offer can be the equivalent of a few thousand pounds a year.
We hope these tips help. And do remember that one of the advantages of applying for jobs through a recruitment agency such as Atwood Tate is that we act as your representative and can negotiate offers on your behalf. So, if you’ve applied for a job through us and need advice about what to do or have questions you wouldn’t feel comfortable asking a prospective employer yourself, then we’re here to help.