I am new here and I am not sure if this type of question is allowed but I do need some advice. I hold a PhD in technical science and have international appearances (UC Berkeley, Stanford) and publications. I am also working currently as a postdoc with two affiliations and also as an irregular consultant at an AI company.
I had an excellent interview (as they acknowledged) with a consulting company in the UK. I do expect an offer from them judged by my performance in the interview. The HR interview though did not end as well in regards to my salary expectation (they mentioned it was too high).
I asked for 50-60K GBP which for a PhD with postdoc experience seems to be reasonable. Nevertheless they told me they will not offer more than 35-40K GBP. There is no signing bonus or relocation benefits.
- Note that even one of my current postdoc compensations is a higher figure while the salary this company offers is similar or worse than a UK postdoc. Overall my income would decrease a lot.
A simple Google search (https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2014/09/science-careers-guide-consulting-careers-phd-scientists) reveals that entry PhD consultants do enjoy much better salaries and many bonuses.
So my question is, especially for people knowing the UK market, if I am unreasonable or if they are low-balling me?