Offer and closeout

Salary offer

To determine the salary, consider the following factors:

  • Candidate's current salary - separate base from bonus, consider history, location
  • Is the job here less, same or greater responsibilities?
  • Level of expertise and strength of experience relative to job requirements
  • Internal equity with existing staff at same level with similar experience/skills.
  • External salary market - Is the proposed salary at or below range midpoint for external candidates?
  • Is the promotional increase within 0-15% for internal candidates?
  • Has the person received competing offers?
  • Has the recruitment for this position been difficult and/or long without attracting a number of qualified applicants?
  • Have other similar offers for this position not been accepted?

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Benefit summary

Send the link to the summary of UC benefits video to prospective employees. UC benefits are a valuable part of the offer and should always be explained before or during the offer.

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Moving expenses and/or relocation allowance and/or bonus

At the PSS exempt, MSP and SMG levels, Moving Expenses and/or a Relocation Allowance can be requested as needed to improve the salary offer. Please see the Relocation Allowance policy for eligibility and level of benefits. Moving expenses are approved by the Vice Presidents unless an exception is needed and then the Associate Vice President-Human Resources and Benefits approves. Relocation Allowances are approved by the Associate Vice President-Human Resources and Benefits. If a hiring bonus is considered necessary you can discuss and obtain approval from the UCOP Chief Human Resources Officer.

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Verbal offer

Be prepared to discuss the following topics with the candidate, as applicable:

  • Work hours
  • Performance evaluation
  • Start date
  • Annual merit increases and effective dates
  • Report to whom, where
  • Background checks and Fingerprinting
  • Probationary period
  • 2/3 Fee Reduction
  • New Employee Orientation
  • Unions/Bargaining Units
  • FLSA status
  • Holidays/Vacation/Sick Leave
  • Parking/Public Transportation
  • Pay schedule

Sample verbal offer:

"I am pleased to offer you a career appointment as a Technical Editor in the Editing Department for $30.00 an hour. This offer includes one-half of your moving expenses and full benefits. I'll be happy to answer any questions for you at this time. Do you want to consider the offer and call me back, or do you know that you want to accept at this time?"

Respond to any questions they have, or if you are not sure of the answer, explain that you will research the issue and get right back to them. If they need time to consider the offer ask them if can get back to you in a couple of days or a week. If they say they expected a higher salary, ask specifically what salary they were expecting or would be willing to accept. Explain that you need to discuss this salary with your department and you will get right back to them within a couple of days. If that salary is too high for your department, be prepared to counter with a reasonable offer and/or explain to them that the salary is all we can offer at this time. It is important not to make promises you cannot keep, and it is standard business practice to negotiate salaries in this manner. If they accept, ask what is a reasonable start date for them. Let them give reasonable notice but not longer than four weeks unless there are extenuating circumstances. Standard notice is two to three weeks.

You should never assume a candidate wants to accept a position solely for an increase in pay. Many people come to UC for benefits, research opportunities, security of employment, or location near family.

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Offer letter

Always follow the verbal offer up with an offer letter. See the sample letters for:

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Declines of offers

If a candidate does not accept a position, try to learn why they did not accept for future reference. We need to know if the reason is:
  • the salary
  • they accepted another position or a promotion at their current company
  • concern over the higher cost of living/housing in the Bay Area
  • family concerns/issues

If you see a pattern of declines either over the salary or the cost of living, please inform Human Resources so we can review our salary ranges relative to the current market or review our use of relocation allowances and/or bonuses as incentives with offers.

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