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Old 30.11.2018, 06:07
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Forced to take a 25% paycut at the end of my probation period

Hi everyone,

I have been living in Switzerland for two and a half years, and am from the UK. I have recently made a career change and am approaching the end of my probation period.

I work for a medium-size enterprise (a well known Swiss organisation). Yesterday, I was called to a meeting with my boss and HR, and asked to accept a 25% pay cut, or told that my contract will end in 7 days as I am still on probation.

The reason given was that my salary is close to the level of a Senior Software Developer. Before I was offered the position, I did a test which clearly demonstrated my technical ability.

I accepted my bosses proposal out of fear as I do not want to be unemployed. I explained that my salary was a reasonable number as I have a Bachelor and Masters degree in Computer Science and have further invested in myself in other relevant training courses; as well as other work experience that I have acquired in the IT industry over my twelve year career, which is also of value to the company.

I have worked very hard since joining the company and have delivered quality work until now with the support of my colleague, (my official mentor) as it is a junior level position.

Its very demotivating, and I can be reasonable but 22% is extortionate. I used to earn 100K and now my salary is 78K.
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