I received a job offer with a company that I recently interviewed with. However, they have not offered me the salary that I wanted. The salary is less that what I was previously earning, with my previous company. I am dealing through a good recruitment agency and they told me that that if I wanted them to increase the salary offer, I would have to decline the current offer and ask for a higher salary. As they are hiring a lot of people, she told me that the risk is, if I decline the offer, they may not choose to submit a higher offer and instead offer the role to other candidates in the pool. I find the fact that I can't negotiate is unfair. Is there any way round this, as I feel as though I am stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Just to add: I am not currently in employment