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Ways to respond when HR says your market salary range research isn't correct?

My response to them saying those numbers are wrong would be to say that that's the reason I'm bringing this to their attention - their idea of the salary range and my idea of the salary range for this ...
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Client wants to reduce hourly rate at the start of a new project

First, if you worked 53 hours, you need to bill for 53. The client is getting the value of 10 extra hours, and you're giving it away for nothing? Don't do that any more. Second, "budget problems" ...
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New manager unapproved PTO my old manager approved, because of a conference at the same time that's now a "condition of my employment here"

She's just a manager. She's not the company owner. There is HR, and there is your previous manager who is in a higher position than she is. So unless your previous manager always wanted to get rid of ...
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New manager unapproved PTO my old manager approved, because of a conference at the same time that's now a "condition of my employment here"

If in your first interaction with your new manager, that manager threatens to fire you for not cancelling an already approved PTO just to attend a conference, you clearly need to establish that you ...
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The mysterious salary formula

Is there really a salary formula out there? There's no one formula covering every company or industry. A particular company may have a formula, or more likely a set of ranges for each job level. And ...
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Falsely claimed current salary higher than actual in an interview and now I'm being asked for a salary sheet

I think it's very cheeky to ask for a pay stub. No idea if it's illegal but this doesn't really matter. I would flatly refuse such a request. Just say "no I will not give you my pay sheet" and ...
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How do I professionally let my manager know I'll quit over cigarette smoke in the office?

Be careful of ultimatums You have every right to want a smoke-free work environment and are entitled to one by law. In your shoes, I would consider quitting myself. However, if you want to give them a ...
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What to do if you are offered higher salary than deserved?

What strikes me is your note that it's a government agency. I've had some experience with this, so I can tell you what to expect. You're going to be dealing with something that has been neglected ...
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How can you say you don't trust your current employer's counteroffer?

There's really no need for you to go into much detail about your decision. They made you a counteroffer, and no guarantee for the promotion you're looking for is a part of the offer, and you're ...
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How can I give a chance to a coworker for a new job interview without getting him fired?

You already messed up. When you talked to the directors, you should have said "Joe is performing his duties quite well, I know we are not paying Joe what he should be paid based on his ...
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Boss has banned cycling to work because he thinks it's unsafe

So... you're in an ugly situation. Your boss is reaching out to control parts of your life that are not his to dictate, and is apparently of the unreasonable and domineering type who will react very ...
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Not invited to an interview because the salary range I gave was too high

You do nothing. The process worked. You don't want to be underpaid. They don't want to pay you the going rate. What you got was an HR form letter. This is far from an offer of a job. This was ...
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Falsely claimed current salary higher than actual in an interview and now I'm being asked for a salary sheet

Never lie. You don't have to volunteer the truth and you don't have to slant things in an unvarnished negative way. But lying outright will bite you in the ass more often than not, eventually. I ...
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My manager quit. Should I agree to defer wage increase to accommodate budget concerns?

Never let talk of budget considerations stand in the way of getting ahead. Without you they have no team and they're currently not having to pay a manager who I assume was making more than you. The ...
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Would it be advisable to email a potential employer letting them know that you are about to take another offer?

It can help. As a hiring manager I've often been in the situation of having a candidate I like, but the machinery of approvals and some upper manager who demands to 'chat with all candidates' but of ...
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Is it expected for a potential employer to request payslips?

Your previous salary is strictly between you and your previous employer. And it's absolutely not needed for any salary negotiations: They should offer you as much as you are worth (to them). They ...
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Accepted offer letter, position changed

It is not about whether it is unprofessional to start negotiating. They have already started renegotiating the position by changing the responsibilities. The only question is how you respond to this ...
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How can I ask for my salary to match what the person I'm replacing got?

How do I properly/ethically say "I know (Joe Bloggs) got £xx,xxx a year, can you match that for me?" Talk about what salary you feel you deserve and the value you bring to the company. Don't talk ...
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I'm being promoted and my salary is going to decrease

My possibilities would be threatening to leave (that is indeed possible) or to stop working overtime (not so easy). You're forgetting one possibility: you can refuse the promotion.1 A promotion ...
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Company cuts my salary immediately after I sign the offer letter

It seems to me that you recognise the risk of rocking the boat. Do be aware, though, that the signals of saying nothing are not entirely benign. For example, if you kick up a fuss and you may seem ...
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I found out the "default salary" for a position is higher than the offer I accepted. Should I feel cheated?

It is not "unethical". It is just business. They're in the business of making money. Simple as that. They'll pay their suppliers as little as possible, they'll pay their staff as little as ...
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I may have been too hard during negotiating a salary; can I send an email saying that my numbers were more like a target than a hard-cutoff sum?

I would suggest that you don't write an e-mail where you specifically mention the salary. However, a more general follow-up e-mail might be a good idea. Dear ..., Thanks again for the interesting and ...
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Renegotiating a start date on request of current employer (after contract signed)?

Do not renegotiate your leave. You've given your notice. That's enough. However, my current employer was quite shocked by the announcement, and have informed me that they will be in a very difficult ...
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Appropriate to ask a recruiter to go back and negotiate salary again?

Is it appropriate to insist she go back and negotiate because I know I'm worth the higher price? Obviously I would sell myself more than that. Or would you just turn down the job? Since she came ...
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Why would my current employer give me a lower counter offer?

Three possibilities spring immediately to mind : They only have your word for what your new offer is, and are guessing that you are exaggerating it to try and get a higher counter offer. So they ...
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How to avoid discussing salary during initial screening, leaving it for the end of the interview process?

Speaking specifically for tech industry, based on experience, I disagree with most of the other answers so far. Yes, you can and should dodge the question. No, you should not give them a range. I was ...
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Prospective employer recommends a lower initial salary so that expectations are not too high

Their argument is bulls**t, to put it bluntly. They're just trying to pay you less money. Up to you whether you stick to your guns and try and get the higher salary or regard this as a big enough red ...
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How to negotiate an offer if I'm not actually going to accept it

I'm going to join the other answers that are frame-challenging your question. Instead of trying to find a way to win at negotiating an offer you don't intend to accept, you should just not negotiate ...
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Rejecting A Signing Bonus - How To Avoid Red Flags?

I don't see any con of just accepting the bonus and then put it into some safe type of saving that will give a small growth over time. Worst case you quit in a way that forces you to pay the money ...
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How to answer to the "We do not want to create any precedent" argument in salary negotiation?

In the end, there are two numbers that count: What you want, and what they are willing to pay. I’m not very good at negotiating in the sense of talking someone into giving me more, which is why I just ...
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