This is an interesting topic and one that your boss would prefer you didn’t read up on. However, over the last little while I’ve been receiving calls from more and more tech start-ups who’re rolling into town, all cashed up an ready to take on as much good talent as they can possibly find. This has got me to thinking – are they changing the ‘standard’ salary banding here in Brisbane – maybe, maybe not – precisely that’s a topic all on its own, rather here I’d like to let you in on my thoughts as to whether you might be getting your deserved salary..?
Apart from those handy tricks of negotiating higher salaries – I’ll save them for when you engage me to represent you for your new job.. tongue-in-cheek aside – almost every techie whom I speak with on a daily basis, mostly those in jobs, want more money.. WHY, well there’s a list of reasons, however I’ll say this, the interesting area for tech salaries is when your skill set moves from mid-level to senior level – it very much becomes a, ‘you don’t ask, you don’t get’ and we’ll pretend everything’s just fine.
How do you know when you’ve officially graduated from a mid-level professional to a senior. Being able to correctly judge this, will give you much more power when it comes to attracting a higher salary. The simplest way to prove this is how you compare with your co-workers when it comes to production levels. Sure there are other variables when it comes to an individuals actual worth – I never let those whom I represent take anything less than they’re worth.
My advice is that if you feel that you’re in this area here and you haven’t received a pay rise in at least 6 months – you might like to do some research in your local market to see where those cashed up start-ups are..