What do I do when I have a job offer? Do I have to negotiate a salary?

Often, the employer will tell you the conditions of the job before they offer it to you. Sometimes, you have to negotiate.

These are some conditions or terms of employment that may affect your decision:

  • Salary or wage
  • Benefits - for example, health and dental insurance, vacation, sick days and other benefits
  • Probation period
  • Job description, job duties

You may want to think about how these conditions compare to similar jobs at other companies. Your labour market research will help you to compare conditions.

If you already know the conditions of the job, you just have to decide to accept or reject the offer.

In some cases, you can or must negotiate your salary or other conditions. Again, labour market information can help you negotiate.

Many settlement agencies and Employment Resource Centres can give you information about the interview and job offer process. To find help, go to Services Near Me and search for "Employment Resource Centre" or "settlement services" in your area.

For More Information

  • Critical Compensation Tips - Tips on negotiating a salary for a new job. This website is American, but many of the strategies apply to the Canadian labour market.
Last updated: November 9, 2015 4001085