I was contacted by a recruitment agency and they showed interests in me to be interviewed with one of their clients. They asked if I am interested if the hourly rate is from X to Y and I said yes.
I was interviewed last week and the Engineer liked me and said that he will recommend me but he does not know what would happen next because of the agency's logistics, so we agreed that I will wait for their offer letter and we will go from there. The agency contacted me after two days and said that there is a good feedback and that I need to wait for their call and asked if (X+Y)/2 per hour would work for me.
I said I was expecting more than that, they asked how much I am expecting, I said Y+SmallPortion (To get the Y), They said they will check with their client and get back to me.
They did not get back to me yet. I sent the below via email:
I hope you are having a good day.
I was wondering if there are any updates regarding my application from TheClient and the offer letter?
Please and thanks.
And they replied:
The dollar amount would be X+Y/2 per hour. And if that's not acceptable, TheClient is not interested in moving forward.
I did not see the job offer to see what benefits does it incude (from that I assume it does not include any). I want to go with Y Salary. How can I approach that professionally to get their offer letter that I like?
EDIT: Based on the accepted answer, and my personal perspective, I went with the below email:
I am sorry I can't accept your current offer which is X+Y/2 per hour as I think it is a little low. And if TheClient is not interested in moving forward with better than that, which would be the Y per hour, then I guess it is what it is.
I would like to thank you, OtherAgent and TheClient for your time and for the interviews, and I would have really enjoyed working with you in that position.
Sorry and thanks