For an entry level technical position requiring a bachelor's degree, if HR begins the salary negotiations by stating that there will be a significant increase after six months, and another increase after another six months, what does this mean? Is there a flat general figure, or approximate percentage, you can tell me, based on your observations?
Reason for asking: hoping this will help us develop a figure to state during the salary negotiations.
Notes: area in question (in the U.S.) has salaries that are slightly below national average; company is in a period of expansion; company currently has about 500 employees.
Edit: For the purposes of this question, please assume that the contract, when it gets written, does spell out the two raises. (I have read other threads have made clear that one does have to be careful about that.) My question has to do with trying to calculate backwards to arrive at a figure and a negotiation strategy. (Reason: We are having trouble figuring out what the entry level rate for this type of position is.)