Hi guys. This is my first post on here. I’ve just been offered a grad job in audit for one of the second tier accounting firms starting in August. I’ll post my experiences and any hints and tips in the relevent thread soon.
I’m just writing this because the starting salary offered is £15k. Is this normal? I’ve never seen a grad job offered with such low salary! I currently have assessment centre days pending for 2 of the big 4 companies (PWC and Deloitte) but would ideally like to take this position as the company seem more friendly and the office is much more conveniently located 5 minutes down the road from me (the others are in Manchester, a good hour and a half commute in rush hour).
I was wondering if anyone would be able to offer advice on whether I should take this, whether it’s normal to negotiate on salary (but I don’t want to risk losing the offer) or whether I should wait and see if I get a big 4 offer.
I know starting salary shouldn’t be your main concern and that audit is something of a box ticking excercise while you train for ACA but this is seriously low. I’ve only ever worked for less when I was 18 and got my first call centre job (but given the rise in cost of living this is probably less to live on nowadays!). To put it in perspective my girlfriend, in her second year as a teacher is already earning over £10k a year more.
Does anyone know how fast the salary increases and whether it’s worthing taking the pay hit and just trying to skimp and save now for the pay off later?