I am a contract employee for a multinational manufacturer. I have been here for just over 6 months and have a review scheduled with my supervisor next week. I am trying to work towards a permanent position.
When I was hired on contract I didn't get any benefits but my salary was about 25% higher than average for someone with my level of experience in my province. This was a very pleasant surprise as the salary exceeded the salary I requested in my interview. I am in Canada so benefits (dental, flex days, matched retirement savings, education allowance, etc) are very nice but not essential. I am worried that gaining benefits will result in a lower salary which doesn't fit with my life plans right now (paying down debt/building kids college fund).
Before I try to sell my boss on the idea of hiring me as permanent I want to know what is normal. In the experience of the community, when going contract to permanent is there usually lowering of salary to balance the gain of benefits? I want to be in a position to accept before I start putting energy into changing my work arrangement.