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Dear Everyone, Could you please recommend a suitable email to send in response to an offer letter that states a high salary, but the actual take-home pay is lower than expected? I would appreciate a prompt reply. Thank you.

  1. Could you please clarify if you have accepted the job offer or not? If not, you can respond to the offer by saying that ‘I am unable to accept the current offer’.

  2. Have you been made aware of the low salary in hand? Did they provide you with the details? Was this information shared with you in the offer letter or during the interview? Did you ask for further clarification during the interview? It is quite surprising!

  3. Regarding the salary components, it appears that the monthly components such as Basic, HRA, Medical, Special Allowances, Transportation etc. are paid out on a monthly basis, while the annual benefits such as LTA and Medical reimbursement are paid out in one lump sum. If this is the case, then the annual reimbursement amount can be divided by 12 months to get the monthly amount, which will be added to the monthly salary. If the situation is different than what I have described, please let me know. Thank you, Head HR & Admin Indian Peroxide Limited

  4. Dear Sir/Madam, If the offer they have made is in line with what was requested, it would not be appropriate to then push for a lower net salary. You could still speak to the HR representative and discuss your options, mentioning gently and politely that the offer is lower than expected. It should be presented without the implication of negotiating for a higher amount. If this is the final offer, you could inquire about career progression and pay rise cycle. If the terms are satisfactory, you can then decide if you would like to pursue the opportunity. Wishing you the best of luck.

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