Re: Salary Advice

Subject: Re: Salary Advice
From: Andrew Plato <gilliankitty -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 00:12:18 -0700 (PDT)

"Martin Page" <mpage -at- csl -dot- co -dot- uk> wrote in message
news:163544 -at- techwr-l -dot- -dot- -dot-
> ("Anthony" <anthony_colello -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote in
> news:163290 -at- techwr-l -dot- -dot- is wondering whether to
haggle over the salary for a
> possible position:)
> Just another thought - last year I nearly
interviewed for a company, but in
> the end they decided that my salary requirements
were too high. Funnily
> enough, they got into extreme difficulties a few
months back.
> In other words, if they can't afford to pay you the
going rate, there may be
> something very wrong with them...

"The Going Rate" what is that? And who decides what
the "going rate" is.

The "going rate" might not always be going in the
direction you wanted. As a lot of tech writers are
beginning to find out, their rates are going south.
After years of going north, sometimes to ridiculous
extremes, the market simply will not accept many of
those rates.

Its like the writer a year or so ago who wanted $150
an hour for a contract job. She might as well asked
for $150,000 an hour, because she wasn't get that
either. Just because she made $125 on her last
engagement, she assumed that was now "the going rate."

Actually, a company that doesn't pay the "going rate"
may be going to some very cool places. You just don't
know that yet. Keep in mind that our economy has lost
billions in value in the last year or so. Therefore,
the going rates are going where they once were.

Andrew Plato

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