Be Prepared For Employment - Understanding Salary Options

Having a good understanding of business English is important when discussing important matters related to your salary.
If you are offered a job, or need to negotiate a job contract, it will be helpful to understand the following terms related to the amount you will be paid for your work.

  1. ‘Salary’ – this is the amount you will be paid for the job you have been employed for. You may be given a figure for the amount you will be paid each month, or over the space of a year.
    What type of salary do you offer?
    I am expecting to earn a good salary

  2. A ‘competitive salary’ – this means the salary is considered to be very good for that particular job, especially in comparison to the salaries of similar jobs.
    The company wasn’t recruiting the best applicants because the salary wasn’t very competitive.
    We are offering a competitive salary so we can attract good applicants.

  3. A ‘salaried employee’ - this is a person who is on a long-term contract with a company and receiving a set amount of pay each month or year.
    If you are a salaried employee, it is easier to get a loan from the bank.
    Sometimes salaried employees are replaced by temporary workers when a company needs to cut costs.

  4. A ‘salary advance’ – this is a payment for work given before the work has been completed or before the normal date of salary pay.
    Would it be possible to have a salary advance for the first month of employment?
    We can work out a salary advance if needed.

  5. ‘Undertaking a salary review’ – this means looking over and reviewing the pay amounts given to a company’s employees.
    The company needed to undertake a salary review as their salaries weren’t very competitive.
    A committee is currently undertaking a salary review for the company’s employees.

  6. A ‘salary scale’ - this is a range of pay amounts or salaries available.
    It is easy to progress along the salary scale with this company.
    Your pay will start at the bottom of the salary scale but our scale is very competitive.

  7. An ‘attractive salary’ – this is a salary that is considered very good or generous.
    We offer a very attractive salary for this job.
    I will only accept a job with an attractive salary.

  8. A ‘salary increase’ – this is an increase in pay for the work you do.
    Would you be able to offer me a salary increase?
    We will give you a salary increase every year.

  9. A ‘basic salary’ – this is the amount you will be paid before any extras such as bonuses.
    The basic salary is low but there is plenty of opportunity to receive bonuses.
    We offer a very good basic salary and extra benefits on top of this.

  10. An ‘initial salary’ – this is the starting pay you will receive when employed, though it is expected to rise later on.
    We will give you an initial salary and negotiate a higher one after a temporary period.
    The initial salary is low but you will be promoted quickly.

If you are interested in mastering your business English, opt to take an intensive ESL classes in the USA to teach you everything you need to know to be successful with your business matters. Executive English courses last from three weeks and equip you with the English you need to know for every business situation.

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Rachel Clarkson
Rachel Clarkson is an English teacher at LCI English ESL Programs and blogger at the ESL Blog.