I just interviewed for a job that I am really excited about. All I can think about is the "pros" & how to work around the "cons". I wasn't even offered the job, but I'm trying to figure out how to get around them anyway lol!
During the interview I was told what the starting rate would be. I did the numbers & it is $3100 more a year than what I make now. BUT, since I work for a daycare center & as an employee my childcare is free I have to take into consideration childcare costs. So I did the math & figured out I would need to pay $3480 a year in child care (this is based on my current government assisted monthly co-pay which may change if I make more money). This is $380 more than the increase in pay I would be getting.
So, my question is... is it unreasonable for me, as a prosepctive employee, to negotiate child care costs into my pay? I could say ask for the starting rate that they told me they give plus my monthly child care co-pay. Or should I say "in order to be able to afford child care I need to make xx amount of money" (which in all honesty is only 25 cents more per hour than what starting rate is) & that would actually give me an extra $200 per year. Of course this is all figured without taxes taken out plus there will probably be an increase in what I have to pay per month if my salary goes up.
As I was considering the pros vs cons one HUGE con came to mind... my daughters are 10 & 12 & in middle school. The daycare I work for will provide after school care only for their school...either at another school or at the center I work at. My toddler is also at the center I work at. My 8yo DS will be at another location before & after school. This prospective job is 15 mins from my house & on the eastside of my hometown. The daycare I work at is on the westside, about 20 mins give or take (taking into consideration I have to go through town to get to the daycare... lots of stop lights & in middle of "rush hour"). If I get this job I would have to drive PAST my house to get the girls & toddler then drive back towards to get my 8yo before going home. There is a daycare literally 3 mins from my house that transports to the 8yo's school & on the website it says they take up to 12 yrs old. IDK if they transport to the middle school where my daughters will be. IF everything checks out/works out I COULD send them to the other center & all 4 kids be at 1 location!