Would you take up a new job offering $500 less from your current earning salary?

@nishdan01 (3055)
Singapore
March 15, 2013 12:48am CST
Mr.X had a job but had to move out of the job due to downsizing of his company. Tries to get another job and after the interview, the interviewer told him that range for the position is 500$ lesser than his previous job. The two jobs were almost of the same nature and the latest job offer infact had few more responsibilities than his previous job. Would you take up the job offering $500 lesser than your current earning salary?
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12 responses
@chiyosan (30204)
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
Hi there nishdan. hmm if there are nothing else this company can offer me and in fact they would lower my salary, i probably would not think of moving. but then if and when I see that there are more to the company than what they can offer me as a compensation, then i might consider. So here are some details: I might be getting less monthly, but if the company would give me a bonus of up to 14 or 15 months, then that is way better because when you sum it up the current company might even outdo the former. The company may be known for the benefits and the opportunities they give their employees: - they could be giving educational assistance to their employees, loans, and stuffs like that my current company won't ever provide.
@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
1 Apr 13
No bonus or other perks for educational or skill advancement. It is a fixed pay job and the company size is small.
@KrauseHome (35522)
• United States
30 Mar 13
Well, even a minimum wage job would not be $500 less for me, but unless I am making a lot of money dong something we would never survive if it happened to my husband. It is a shame anymore how companies out there expect so much many times and do not want to pay anything. But in order to survive sometimes you got to expect things like this and take them and make the best out of them until something better comes along.
@trisha27 (3498)
• United States
17 Mar 13
I would take the job if I was happy with the hours and stuff and what I was doing. Because although it pays less, its a job for that fact and plus with how hard it is to find a job now, I would rather have a job no matter the pay. But if it is not the hours that you are looking for then I would not take the job.
@TLilly12 (1230)
• United States
16 Mar 13
With hard as it is to find jobs now, yes I would take a job paying $500 less then my last job, at least I would still be at work,you can't be picky, with jobs now because they are so hard to come by.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
16 Mar 13
If he can't find anymore job in this recession, and need the job desperately to feed himself and his family, then i presume he will have to take up the lesser offer. If there is still many interviews waiting for him to go through, then he should at least wait until all the interviews are over, then only try to make up his mind whether to take the offer up or not. Sometime if the new job offer less salary but has better benefit and other perks, then it is alright to settle for it because at the end of the day, the benefits come with the new job need to be look into as a whole employment package too, and be considered together with the salary. If you feel it is fair enough, then accept the offer, if not, reject it and remain jobless.
@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
15 Mar 13
I think it depends on my situation. First of all I would have to find out how a lower salary would affect my daily life. If it will be hard to pay my mortgage and the monthly bills and food without the $500 I would look for a job with a higher salary or take an extra job. If I don't need the $500 for bills or other expenses I would accept the job with the lower salary, because I think that a job with a lower salary is much better than no job at all. Maybe there are some advantages about the new job. The salary is not an advantage, but there could be other advantages like the location, the co-workers and the atmosphere at the place.
@joliefille (3696)
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
When I started in my first research job using my Spanish skills I was short-changed by the company. I didn't get the salary that was fitting for that kind of job because I did not know about my range as it was my first job, accidental one at that. I didn't apply for that department but I was transferred there only because they hadn't found one who could speak Spanish. Since I already knew after that what my salary range should be, I only accepted a higher offer in the next jobs I applied.
@mods196621 (3631)
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
In my situation now I could say Yes I will accept even it's lower than 500$. I will not be selective if I know I am needy. Today's trend is really different from the previous state of my life. So by this time I ll not be chOosy as far I am concern that I need to have an income.. Have a nice day....
@else22 (4319)
• India
15 Mar 13
Of course,I would accept the offer if the work culture and the atmosphere in the new company is suitable to me.I would love to work in a company that has a better atmosphere and where I might get cooperating colleagues.Money matters,but I am ready to sacrifice money for a better environment.Although the environment in the company I am working in now is not bad,but I want better.Colleagues there are not as cooperative as they should be.Most of them are too selfish.If I may change them even at $500 less than what I get now,I am ready for it.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
First of all, is he directly affected of the downsizing of the company by terminating his services? If not, then there is no need to look for another job and just stay with the company. At least it'll show his loyalty to the company. Otherwise, try looking for another job hich is closely at par with the existing one. If the difference between the current offer and existing job is only minimal, accept it. But since its $500 less, surely there are other companies offering a much higher pay.
15 Mar 13
Well, it is all a time - money ratio. I would take $500 less if I worked less hours than I was supposed to. In fact, if I was earning a higher hourly wage I would definitely take it.
@tehpau (340)
• Malaysia
15 Mar 13
Other than the salary, I will also take into account the benefits, working hours, daily commuting, yearly increment/bonus, promotions etc. If Mr. X is able to live with $500 less, it is better to take up the offer than being jobless. If Mr. X is confident that he can get a higher paying job and has savings to tie him over for a few more months, he can look for some other job.