plonkee money an english-er's thoughts on personal finance

August 1, 2008

knowledge is power? what do you do if you’re underpaid

Filed under: education and career — Tags: , , — plonkee @ 12:00 pm

There’s a school of thought that everyone thinks that they are worth about 20% more than their current salary. I used to subscribe to this view point, but it’s been shaken somewhat by a recent job advert that I saw.

I currently earn a bit less than £30k. A very similar job to mine, but more full time technical, has been advertised by a government department with a salary of about £35k. The salary difference is 20% to the nearest whole percentage. In a government department. They traditionally pay less. 😮

The obvious advice would of course be to apply for this job. Sadly, although there are three posts available, none of them are in my city. In addition to which, I’m not entirely convinced that this particular organisation is one that I want to work for. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the same/similar post in my own city.

The key question is, if knowledge is power, how should I use this to my best advantage?

Let me know what you think in the comments, your suggestions and advice are very warmly welcomed.

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