Say company A advertises a salary of £30-£40k, does it make sense to ask for £50k when asked for a salary expectation?
- My previous salary was similar to the high end of this.
- The specific job requires a total of ~3hr commute daily (walk, train, tube/cycle).
- Commuting costs are super high in UK. In this case ~5k annually - that is a big chunk of the salary.
- I fit the job description 90%.
- Other companies pay more for similar positions.
I am not an expert on negotiation and how business internals work, so I am looking here for some advice. Is it worth to try and push outside the limits they have advertised or do those tend to be "hard limits"? Is there a risk in asking for higher but eventually settling for less? (Namely they might think that I will not stick for the long run..)
UPDATE: I got a higher salary offer.
The company, after negotiation, was willing to offer a base salary of 46.5k for the first 6 months and then 49k. That is 16.5% and 22% increase in salary adequately. (All these numbers are changed slightly for obvious reasons but the ratios are intact.)
Although most of the answers below are a bit on the negative side, I listened to the few answers that suggested that it's totally fine since in the end of the day I didn't have much to lose. I did ask for the higher salary in the end of the main interview which lasted a couple of hours. Then I had a phone call where 46.5k was offered but I indicated that I would be happiest with 49k. Some days later I got the offer mentioned above.