I have been working for over a year for a company that I'm very happy with (apart from my salary):
- The tasks I'm given are challenging but not overchallenging and I learn a lot at each task.
- In the past the company offered to pay me for some training courses I wanted to go to.
- My boss is righteous and very open to every suggestion I give.
- I have a great relationship with my colleagues that continues also outside the workpace.
When I was starting this job I didn't know how it works in the corporate sector as I was an entrepreneur before. As a result I said a very low figure thinking it would improve over time. But it has been over a year and on average I have 35 % less than my friends outside the job who work in the same corporate field.
Due to a sudden change on the market, the company I work for has been having financial problems for about half a year. All the salaries are frozen and all benefits are cut down as the company is trying to find a new direction. Some colleagues that had a much larger salary than myself even agreed to cut their salary down a little so the company can carry on.
Having to pay a mortgage and preparing for a first child, I can't stay much longer working for my current salary, so I'm looking for another job. If the company's situation get better meanwhile, I would be very happy to stay if they agree to raise my salary to the field standards.
At every interview they always ask me what is the reason I'm leaving the company and I don't know how to respond. The public image of the company I currently work for is very good and no one knows about the financial problems the company faces. I don't want to talk bad about the company as I have been very happy with them.
What should I say as a reason at the interview I'm looking for another job? Can I say, between the lines, that I want more money and the company I currently work for has financial problems so they can't give me that?
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