I would appreciate if someone could help me figure out the situation!
I had applied for a job and eventually got the offer. The way I received the offer seemed to be a bit weird. After several rounds of face-to-face interview, the line manager asked me to have a phone call regarding the job. I was abroad at that time so I asked him to communicate via email, however he preferred to talk on phone.
Over phone I was offered the job with annual salary of £50K plus bonus that adds up to £55K.
Yesterday, I received a document to review before they apply for my visa. On the document my salary was mentioned £40K. I contacted the HR for clarification and I was told that the base salary is £40K and the benefits may add up to £50K. In the benefits there are some items like relocation compensation (that are paid only once) and employer's contribution toward pension that they consider as part of benefit/bonus (I don't).
I am now in dilemma what to do and how to proceed because £40K is only slightly higher than my current base salary. Am I right to assume that the offer over phone (£50K) is meant to be base salary?