I understand there are a few similar questions being asked but my situation is slightly different from them as I have been unemployed and searching for work since October 2015.
I worked for a company on contract for 10 months from 2014-2015 (covering a Maternity leave). I fulfilled the contract term and left the company on good terms and my employer was very happy to take me back if in future anything came up.
I then had to take a break due to personal reasons for 5 months during which I was out of country. I came back and started looking out for jobs and got a few interviews where the pay was much higher than what was offered in my previous job. The interviews went well, but the employer never contacted the agency to give feedback (this was the reason given by my agency who arranged the interviews).
Now, this previous employer contacted me again for another position to cover maternity leave which will start in July. Since it is February now, I said that I was not sure if I could wait till then but would be happy to take it if I don't get anything by July. So they want to meet me in couple of days and discuss. I am assuming they want to provide me with a different position till July to fill up the gap (from March-July) and then offer the maternity leave job from July on.
My dilemma is whether to accept the offer or not if given or just wait and attend more interviews. I don't want to get stuck in the same position and not learn anything new.
Can I ask for pay similar to that offered in other jobs?
Is it reasonable to ask for a higher pay as they think taking me back would save them the hassle of training another new person.