Over half of Brits admit to haggling over job offers!
New data from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library , has found that over half of Brits (52.9%) have negotiated with a potential employer over a job offer, with a further 72.8% stating that they got what they wanted as a result.
The survey, which explored the views of 1,200 UK workers, found that nearly two thirds (61.8%) of Brits admit to having high expectations when it comes to looking and applying for jobs, with 50.8% stating that they would feel comfortable negotiating a job offer. This figure rose to 66.7% amongst those under the age of 18.
When asked what the key areas were that they would negotiate on within a job offer, respondents cited the following:
1. Salary (73.3%)
2. Working hours (46.4%)
3. Flexible working (42.1%)
4. Benefits (36.3%)
5. Holiday allowance (25.5%)
Circle Managing Director Steve Ricketts was not surprised: "In today's recruitment market, candidates are acutely aware of their market value. We advise our clients that in order to minimise problems at offer stage, all parties need to be clear from the offset what their expectations are. Our consultants are highly trained to Investors in People standard to ensure that our clients and candidates alike are open and clear with each other from the offset".
Despite workers admitting to having high expectations around jobs, over half (56.5%) DON’T think they expect too much from their job offers, while a further 55% stated that their high expectations have NOT put them off applying for or accepting certain roles. That said, those aged 25-34 were the most likely to be put off a job that didn’t tick every box.
In addition, the majority (84.3%) of respondents cited that they would be willing to compromise when negotiating a job offer, with this figure rising to 85.5% amongst 35-44 year olds and 88.3% amongst 55-64 year olds. Those working in the South East (87.95) and North East (88.5%) were the most likely to compromise.