I have 4.5 years of experience in Java/J2EE and looking out for a contract job in the UK in midlands area. The rate as per salary survey websites typically varies between �250-300 for 4-5 years of experience. I am scheduled for an interview next week. However, the rate they are offering is very less, �200 per day. Since I really need a job, I might accept the offer. But I still want to negotiate for something more than �200.
Personally I do not think anything above �200 is a bad rate, especially if you have not worked in the UK before. If I was you, I would try to negotiate upto �250, and will settle down for a bit less too. I guess they might go upto �220-�230, since they normally keep this kind of margins for negotiations.
The �250-300 rate depends on the location i.e. higher if you work in the city (London allowance), which does not apply to you. Some of them even ask for a degree from Oxbridge (or atleast pay you more if you have one), which I guess you do not have. So it is not just as simple as 4-5 years of experience, there are many other factors.
Good luck with the interview and tell us how it goes.
[ January 17, 2006: Message edited by: Ali Hussain ]
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