SC4.6 | Satisfaction, salary and value: how and when to negotiate your employment conditions
Satisfaction, salary and value: how and when to negotiate your employment conditions
Co-organized by GM13/PS8
Convener: Hazel GibsonECSECS | Co-conveners: Simon ClarkECSECS, Veronica PeverelliECSECS
Thu, 18 Apr, 10:45–12:30 (CEST)
Room -2.61/62
Thu, 10:45
Going through a career transition (such as moving into or out of a formal research environment) can be a challenge that many people feel underprepared for. Being able to consider the value of a position in its entirety, beyond salary, is an important skill that can be difficult to master until you have had some practical experience. Many elements beyond salary may fall into the category of employment conditions, including: flexible working hours and conditions; contracted hours; location; workplace culture and values; paid leave allowance; healthcare benefits; pension; bonuses; and much more – though only some of these will be negotiable. This short course aims to mitigate the gap in experience through a transparent discussion of not only what you can consider as valuable in a job role, but also when and how you can negotiate these aspects. By drawing on the experience of senior career workers, as well as HR professionals, this short course will address questions such as: what elements you should consider as negotiables in your current or prospective position; what are the processes for negotiating your employment conditions; when is a good time to negotiate a pay rise; and how to negotiate employment conditions once you have received a job offer.

As a practical exercise, this short course will guide participants through the writing of their own letter of application for a salary increase or change of employment conditions, with the target that each participant will be knowledgeable and confident enough to put these skills to use when navigating the job market.

Session assets


  • Christopher Jackson, Imperial College, United Kingdom
  • Lion Huijers, IIASA, Austria