Recently I was approached by an ex employer, asking me if I was available to work a 6-month contract with them whilst they undertook a large project. This is an IT support role which I had previously held for approximately a year and a half. I was happy to oblige as I was beginning to look for employment in anticipation for the completion of my CompSci BSc. I talked to them and got a contract sent through to me last week.
The problem is, whilst I appreciate times are difficult at the moment, especially financially, I feel that I am being lowballed on the salary and that I could look for a more fulfilling role in an area that I am not only interested in, but have performed well in throughout college, like software development. The offered salary is marginally better than what I would have expected to be paid after a 3 year tenure at the firm, which is how long I would have been there if not for college. Additionally, I already had another year of experience on top of the 1.5 years at this firm, doing IT support at another.
What I'm wondering is, am I right in questioning my salary, should I just take what I can get, and how can I go about negotiating this in a professional way?