Looking to return to work after being on Maternity leave and was hoping for 2 days per week but would do up to 3 days. I just went for a job interview and the role, conditions etc are perfect. Its 21hrs per week, which is ok but i would prefer less.
Now im pretty sure i got the job as they asked me to do a crimjnal history check and contacted at least one of my references.
1. If offered just take e job
2. Ask when offered the job to see if you could negotiate hours down a little (say maybe 2.5days, instead of 3 or 2 days one week, 3 the next)
3. Accept 3 days and at the end of probation see if you could negotiate hours down if you felt you could do the job in less hours.
Being 3 days isnt a deal breaker, i will take the job (if offered). It is a government job, if that helps ppls decisions.
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22-01-2015 19:12 #1Senior Member
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WWYD - negotiating hours in new role
22-01-2015 19:22 #2-
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If it is with a totally new employer I wouldn't ask for reduced hours. There are plenty of people looking for jobs that would be prepared to work the full 3 days per week - asking for reduced hours before you get the job may put you at the bottom of the pile ... It is a little cheeky and may come across as you being disinterested or unreliable.
If you have been with the employer a while, are just changing areas and are guaranteed of a job regardless, I would ask and see what happens.
22-01-2015 19:27 #3
with a govt job, I would accept the hrs they offered and do the probationary period - then try and negotiate down
22-01-2015 19:27 #4
Wait until you're offered, then ask. If they say no, ask whether once you've satisfied the probationary period whether you can work reduced hours then. If they agree, ensure its written into your contract.
It also depends on the role and how specialized the field is. In my company, we have certain roles where candidates dictate their terms to us whereas with others they request certain things and they say no. Depends how much they need you and how rare candidates like you are. We struggle to fill some roles as they're highly specialized so candidates have all the power (as being in our industry, they know it!).
22-01-2015 19:36 #5
I would take it and enquire whether there'd be opportunities for flexible work and do 21 hrs in 2 days.
22-01-2015 19:36 #6
Three days a week would be a great work life balance for me. I would take the 3 days
22-01-2015 19:41 #7
I would take the job and perhaps bring up the subject of negotiating later on down the track.
22-01-2015 19:51 #8
Agree with others take job as is, negotiate later.
23-01-2015 12:20 #9Senior Member
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Thanks ladies. I was going to do option 3 but just wanted other opinions
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23-01-2015 14:25 #10
I'm another one for option 3. Particularly with government work. You want to get that and keep that! Negotiate down later once you're proven in the role. ☺️
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