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Remote worker relocating for spouse's new job. Can I ask for a cost of living increase with my employer?

My wife has recently been offered a new job in Denver that she wants to take due to salary increase, career advancement, etc. We currently live in a very low cost-of-living area comparatively (Memphis)...
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How to calculate/research salary expectation when looking for a job in other country (getting out of home country for the first time)?

I am from India and last evening an HR from a Singaporean company contacted me for a role and asked me to apply on their job portal. And when I applied, they followed up with a questionnaire. Among ...
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Asking for a larger raise than other employees after less than one year?

I am an American with a white collar career. I lost my job during the pandemic and had to move to a small town for the only job I could find at the time. Unfortunately this town "boomed" ...
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Can I ask for a higher salary working remotely from a more expensive location?

My situation: 5th year PhD Candidate in Chicago About to graduate (within a year) Planning to move to NYC for my wife's career after graduation (she is an actress/performer/circus artist) But ALSO ...
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Job offers - how to negotiate higher salary due to higher costs of living at the new location

I am a junior software developer, working remotely in Germany with an annual salary of around 40.000 EUR. Bit of a backstory: Since I am working remote, I can live close to my family in the ...
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As a software developer, can I 'retire' for a few years, at 32 years old?

My situation: 32 years old Modest salary as a software dev ($45k) $50k in savings Just under 6 years experience as a developer I never did the whole 'travel the world' thing when I was younger. I ...
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Is it a wise decision if I switch companies with higher base salary but higher cost of living? [closed]

For the last 6 months, I've been a full stack developer in a small company that pays quite poorly. But I live with my parents, so I don't really have much financial responsibilities. I was offered a ...
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What can I negotiate when I ask for relocation for a company I currently work for?

I work for a large company (over 40k employees) in Northern Virginia. My work responsibilities can definitely be performed remotely but work quality may suffer somewhat due to collaboration ...
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Is it reasonable to ask for a cost of living raise

If the company moves to the other side of the city and I move with it so as not to deal with traffic and just generally be more convenient for me, and if the rent/gas/other costs of living are higher ...
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Asking Leadership for COLA to Move Locations When Not a Mandatory Move

I am a software eng. consultant who moved to a certain city about a year ago for a client- site project. That project has been over for a few months now and have started a new project with a ...
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Do long commutes count against personal or work hours? [closed]

My employer (science) has several sites. One is in Cambridge MA, where some colleagues tell me their one-way commute is in excess of an hour. I've even heard that a few colleagues commute up to 2 hrs ...
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How can I properly account for cost of living when giving raises?

Inflation as a measurement is a kind of national economic puree. Local cost of living is a much more relevant number to employees lives. Is there a proper way for an employer to quantify how cost of ...
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Can I ask for higher salary if I work remotely in a more expensive location than where the company is located? [duplicate]

If a company is located in a location where the cost of living is fairly low, is it fair to ask for a salary increase based on the fact I will be working from a significantly more expensive location? ...
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Loss of Per-diem - Employer has changed the rules [closed]

my employer (an international company) has decided that too much money is being spent on per-diems. I spend a lot of time away from home. Its been decided that if the meals etc are being taken care ...
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How to negotiate salary based on Quality of life?

I've negotiated based on cost of living, but how are salaries negotiated based on Quality of living? I've received an excellent job offer I want... Except for the Third Bullet: Offer salary was in ...
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Losing seniority at present job for a better opportunity [closed]

I'm at my present job as a programmer since 2007, in Northern NJ. I have 3 weeks of vacation, work from home when I have/want to, a good rapport with my manager/team and name recognition across our ...
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Which branch of software development matches the situation? [closed]

I currently work as a game programmer at a startup company in a big city. I took the job out of desperation. I really hate living in a big city and would like to live in a smaller community of 300k ...
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Should I mention the cost of financial goals when negotiating salary?

In the past, I've received some salary offers that I felt were too low for my experience, my skill set, but also simply too low for possibly achieving basic life goals in the region of the job. A ...
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