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3 things to do Before you sign a new employment contract

3 things to do BEFORE you sign your new employment contract

1.       Consider additional costs you might incur so that you know what take home pay is the basis for negotiation
·         Benefits you might be losing eg Canteen
·         Distance from home
o    Higher transport costs
o    Additional child care costs for earlier drop off/later collection

2.       Ask to see a copy of a payslip
·         Most companies will be happy to do this to ensure there is a clear understanding of take home pay
·         The time to negotiate your new salary is before the contract is drawn up.   Backwards and forwards paperwork and mail is time wasting and annoying.   It starts the relationship off on the wrong footing.  If you are not happy with the nett pay on the “demo” payslip, don’t just drop the conversation.  If you are interested in the position, tell them your concerns, and ensure that the potential new employer has an opportunity to revise their first offer.

3.       Discuss your existing commitments/non negotiables and have them confirmed in writing
·         Holidays already booked
·         Studies that require time off for studying and exams
·         Maternity/Paternity leave

The time for negotiation is before you sign.


Of course, we all know that your current company could counter offer…..   Should that happen, you still need to stick to agreed dates and times for going back to the new company with a signature or a reason for the delay.  







Links, References and Notes

Accsys provides people management solutions ie Payroll, Human Resources (HR), Time and Attendance as well as Access Control/Visitor Management.
The company develops, implements, trains and services our solutions.  We provide readers, turnstiles, booms and CCTV.
We run both on premise and in the cloud, as well as mobile options for ESS.  Recruitment, online education and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) are part of our offering, too.
http://www.accsys.co.za/accsys-peopleplace-talent-management
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