Receiving a Counter Offer

In today's favourable labour market conditions, resignations usually result in a counter offer. If you receive an offer, it can be difficult to decide on the best path for your career. However, you should consider that in most cases, accepting a counter offer often proves to be a poor long-term career decision, and you're likely to seek new employment within 12 months.
Counter offers are very common, and it's likely that your current employer will try to entice you to stay with promises of higher remuneration or a new position. Receiving a counter offer means you are an asset to your current employer and they don't want to lose you. It's also costly for them to find and re-train a new employee, plus they'll lose all your knowledge, experience and expertise. Be wary of receiving a counter offer - at Design & Construct, we know only too well from industry experience that there have to be compelling reasons for you to consider leaving your current position in the first place.
  • Will staying with your current employer solve your current issues?
  • Why has it taken the company until now to appreciate your value?
  • Are you simply getting a pay rise or promotion because you are leaving?

Take charge of the situation - deciding to make a career move can be exciting and financially rewarding but the best way to avoid a prolonged awkward situation is to take control.

  • Explain your reasons for leaving and remain firm but polite.
  • Agree to a provisional departure date when you resign and get confirmation of that date quickly so you can let your new employers know when you can start.

Always try to leave on good terms - if complications arise from a counter offer, speak to your consultant before making any decisions as they can help discuss your options.

Goodbyes are never easy - resigning from your job can be a hard decision. But remember, there is never a 'right time' to resign, and you should consider the possible negative impact on your career if you decide to stay. Consider the following questions carefully:

  • Why did you think of leaving in the first place?
  • What are the pros and cons of your current job?
  • What are the pros and cons of the new position?
  • Have you investigated a transfer within the company?
  • Would you still leave if you were offered more money, training or a promotion?
Want more advice? Contact a Design & Construct consultant and they'll be happy to discuss your situation.