Last year I was made redundant from a job I had been at for over 10 years. After nearly 6mths of being unemployed and searching for work I was offered a job with a new employer. The role offered unfortunately paid £6k less salary, has higher travel costs and expensive parking fees that weren't present at my previous firm. When accepting the role my new firm were unresponsive to salary negotiations and had me backed into a corner where I wasn't in a strong position to negotiate. As I was very keen to get back into work I accepted the position regardless of the negatives as returning to work was the most important thing to achieve. I have now been here for 6 months and I am about to reach the end of my 6mth probation review period.
My question is: "Is 6mths too early to negotiate a payrise at a new job?".
I am currently paid what I think is below market rate for my role and level of experience. I have 9 years experience in my field so classify myself as mid-level to senior for my role / field. My current salary pays £6k less than what I received from my old employer and I am now doing a more technical harder role. My salary is also £5-£10k lower then other jobs I interviewed for 6mths ago when I had less technical skills and experience. I am keen not to upset them as I am grateful for the position / opportunity but I feel that they have taken advantage of the situation I was in and that a salary raise is fare.