I have been offered a job but the contract shows a different (lower) salary to the advert for the role.

What rights do I have to recieve the advertised salary?

If I question it, does the employer have a right to withdraw the offer. Is it better to query after accepting the offer?

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    You have almost no rights. If you don't want the pay outline in the contract you don't have to accept it. Companies have a great deal of freedom, you might not meet all the skills they require, to get the advertised pay. You can always ask for more higher pay. If you don't like this fact you can always not accept the job offer.
    – Donald
    Apr 22, 2014 at 11:33
  • Assuming you haven't signed the contract with the lower salary in it, you have the right to say "I'm not signing any offer that's less than what you advertised". The employer has the right to say "I can't offer you that much, sorry". All told however, it's much better to sort out this sort of issue before you sign anything.
    – aroth
    Apr 22, 2014 at 11:42

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The offer you received was the first step in a negotiation. You can respond by saying you expected the advertised amount, and you can see where the negotiations go from there.

Legal rights are almost irrelevant here, because you would almost never want to begin employment by taking your employer to court.


The advert gives an indication of how much the employer is prepared to pay for the role. The amount the contract states is how much the employer (after interviews etc with you) is prepared to bid for your services. This is a bit like an auction in that the employer wants to pay as little as he can, and doesn't want to show his hand on how much he has in the pot (He's shown a bit by the advert, but is that the absolute value?).

You can, of course, reply and say that the bid is too low, using the advert as leverage. The employer is within their rights however to say the original amount is the final offer (or even that the deal is no longer available), that is the prerogative of both you and the employer, to change or back out the deal before it is completed. The trick is to get the best you can, whilst keeping the employer interested.

If you accept, then re-negotiate, you are then potentially breaking a contract, and you will risk losing it all.

Think about what you truly would be looking for, and can justify. Counter that to the employer, but be prepared for them to walk away, esp if a much higher number than the offer.

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