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By Joe Joseph   April 2011

Do I bargain for higher pay?

I’ve been offered a job elsewhere, at a higher salary. My boss declined her own pay rise this year, citing the uncertain economic outlook. While I respect her self-denial, and would rather not leave, it’s customary when head-hunted to leverage a pay rise in return for staying. Would asking my boss to match my rival offer be graceless?

People want different things from their salary, beyond the Micawberish hope of the month running out before their pay does. To many, the absolute amount is less important than the amount relative to other people’s salaries.…

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