I was interested to see Pat Thornton’s blog where he explains the problem’s that occur if you take the first figure offered when accepting a new job. He explains, “If person A starts at $30,000 and person B at $35,000, their salaries could quickly diverge even further. A 10 percent raise puts them at $33,000 and $38,500. Another 10 percent raise puts them at $36,300 and $42,350. What started as a $5,000 difference in salary became a $6,050 difference in just two raises.” Of course, not every salary raise is done as a percent, but, as he suggests, you are losing out on holiday pay and pensions too. If you’re interested in help to get a better job or rate, Pat suggests you visit Journerdism for a bundle of tips and links on networking, interviewing, negotiating, resume and job boards. If you’re looking for more UK based resources, I’ve found Linda Jones’s Freelance Writing Tips very helpful, and Joanne Mallon has done a podcast on the subject too.