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What salary should an experienced PM seek after in the UK? Any sources?
Anonymous
I've just moved to London as a foreign resident and am beginning to look for work. I wanted to know what would be the average range I should be asking for based on experience, and cost of living expenses.

A bit of a background
-I have 8 years experience as an IT Project/Program Coordinator and PMO Analyst
-Earned 6 certifications (Prince2 Foundation and Practioner, AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner, and PMP)
-I have recently received my MSc degree in the UK, in Project Management

Are there any reliable sources I can go to that can provide information on average salaries and/or cost of living?

Thanks in advance!
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For salaries have look here
https://www.pmi.org/learning/careers/proje...t-salary-survey
or here
https://www.apm.org.uk/salary-survey-2021/
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1 reply by anonymous
May 24, 2022 10:31 PM
anonymous
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This is wonderful start! Thank you so much for sharing! :)
You can check out PMI's 2021 Salary Survey.

A better approach is to let the employer make the offer. Usually, they will ask you what your salary expectations are. Rather than suggest a salary, tell them you want to discuss the salary, as part of your overall compensation package, once the company and you have determined there is a fit.

Be prepared to negotiate. My previous employer offered me a salary lower than I expected. Instead of asking for more, I asked for an extra week of vacation to which they readily agreed.

Do make sure your work visa is sorted out. You'd be amazed how many people wait too late to renew it. Once a work visa lapses, a lot of employment-related information also expire.
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1 reply by anonymous
May 24, 2022 10:27 PM
anonymous
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Great points, thanks for sharing! I'm seeing that most of the online applications I've submitted so far require you to submit a desired salary up front. Would you have any suggestion for how to approach this as to not over/under bid yourself before interviewing with the employer?


Also I have an active working visa now for the UK, which is good for a couple of years. When do you think it is best to bring propose the sponsorship extension request? I thought, perhaps, I'd bring it up early in the beginning and maybe request checkpoints to see if the opportunity for sponsorship down the line is feasible? Any thoughts?

Thanks again! I appreciate your feedback so much!
Anonymous
May 24, 2022 1:05 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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You can check out PMI's 2021 Salary Survey.

A better approach is to let the employer make the offer. Usually, they will ask you what your salary expectations are. Rather than suggest a salary, tell them you want to discuss the salary, as part of your overall compensation package, once the company and you have determined there is a fit.

Be prepared to negotiate. My previous employer offered me a salary lower than I expected. Instead of asking for more, I asked for an extra week of vacation to which they readily agreed.

Do make sure your work visa is sorted out. You'd be amazed how many people wait too late to renew it. Once a work visa lapses, a lot of employment-related information also expire.
Great points, thanks for sharing! I'm seeing that most of the online applications I've submitted so far require you to submit a desired salary up front. Would you have any suggestion for how to approach this as to not over/under bid yourself before interviewing with the employer?


Also I have an active working visa now for the UK, which is good for a couple of years. When do you think it is best to bring propose the sponsorship extension request? I thought, perhaps, I'd bring it up early in the beginning and maybe request checkpoints to see if the opportunity for sponsorship down the line is feasible? Any thoughts?

Thanks again! I appreciate your feedback so much!
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
May 25, 2022 1:19 PM
Stéphane Parent
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If you can enter "negotiable", that's what I would do. If the field will only allow you to enter a numeric entry, consider entering an oddball number such as 1. It certainly should get you through the preliminary screening and will be a great ice breaker at the interview.

My experience with Canadian work visas is at least two months. To be safe, I'd start looking into it when you're four months away from your end date, with a goal to submit at least three months ahead.
Anonymous
May 24, 2022 12:26 PM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
This is wonderful start! Thank you so much for sharing! :)
PMI does a great job in their job salary report breaking it down per country and years of experience so you should definitely check this one out.
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1 reply by anonymous
May 25, 2022 8:14 AM
anonymous
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Thanks for this, Rami. Would you be referring to this report?


https://www.pmi.org/learning/careers/proje...t-salary-survey

If not, would you be able to share which report you're referencing?
Anonymous
May 25, 2022 1:36 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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PMI does a great job in their job salary report breaking it down per country and years of experience so you should definitely check this one out.
Thanks for this, Rami. Would you be referring to this report?


https://www.pmi.org/learning/careers/proje...t-salary-survey

If not, would you be able to share which report you're referencing?
Thomas provided good resources. You can also pay the Local Chapter a visit. The peers may be able to share more info.
May 24, 2022 10:27 PM
Replying to anonymous
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Great points, thanks for sharing! I'm seeing that most of the online applications I've submitted so far require you to submit a desired salary up front. Would you have any suggestion for how to approach this as to not over/under bid yourself before interviewing with the employer?


Also I have an active working visa now for the UK, which is good for a couple of years. When do you think it is best to bring propose the sponsorship extension request? I thought, perhaps, I'd bring it up early in the beginning and maybe request checkpoints to see if the opportunity for sponsorship down the line is feasible? Any thoughts?

Thanks again! I appreciate your feedback so much!
If you can enter "negotiable", that's what I would do. If the field will only allow you to enter a numeric entry, consider entering an oddball number such as 1. It certainly should get you through the preliminary screening and will be a great ice breaker at the interview.

My experience with Canadian work visas is at least two months. To be safe, I'd start looking into it when you're four months away from your end date, with a goal to submit at least three months ahead.
Also, you can use Glassdoor to obtain information about salaries of determined positions in various companies
https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/index.htm

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