I am in my mid 20s, working as web developer for one and half year now (junior getting into mid). At the moment I am working in a small agency, been here for 1 year and love the environment (not much the work). However I got an offer from a big corporation that I am very keen to accept as it would be a game changer in my career.
All perfect but...I was asked from the HR person what salary would I look for, at whom I answered a range of 33k-35k. This was not a casual number as it is what the person who contacted me first said it was going to be the maximum pay. He told me its a big step from my current one(25k) which I understand, but at the same time I feel underpaid now and I am not working in a big company (no much budget). Average salary in my city is 37k for my position. I would be keen to go down a bit but not too much (they are talking about offering me 28k).
I am a bit nervous about this as I suck in negotiating. I know this is a very good opportunity and it would be a great name on my resume, but at the same time I do not want to go down that much from my expectation as I know it would impact in the future payrise.
He gave me till Monday to think about this and told me that the offer will depend on what salary I will ask for (if its too much they will choose another person probably).
Suggestion/comments on how to handle this? P.S. I am originary from East Europe not UK, and a bit worried that this could be play a role in this negotiation as people here tend to pay foreigners less.