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Hi

I am a mechanical engineer, living and working in Canada.
I have been offered a position for HP Ux System Administrator, Engineering Support(installing, configuring, installing patches, offering support etc, for about 7 applications like Pro Engineer, Mentor etc in a medium size company), in the company I work for.
I know also C, C++ and unix script programming.
I would appreciate if someone tell me what is the average salary for such a position in Canada so I could make an ideea about how much to ask during the negociation.

Thanks

Simi
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by:jovadia
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I would aked for $100,000 and would accept 80,000 and some benefits.
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by:simi
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Well

I would like to go this way, but  really think it will be too much.
Do you live in Canada ?

I am here for two years now, and I might not be very weell informed, but people I know have much less
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There is no cut and dried answer to this kind of question.

You would be best served by asking Network admins in your locality. The Salary depents a huge host of other things, experience, Cost of living in your area, demand for qualified people locally. Other things to check is would this company want you to continue with your existing responsibilities(sp?) and take on these new tasks, ie how much of a life do you want to have?
Try to figure out what level of support they are looking for you to provide, and how much information will you be able to get from the previous Admin. Was there any documentation made? How much did the previous admin make and why is he leaving.....do they know if they are leaving yet? If not becareful about letting them know.

Lastly and most importantly, and since you work there it is easier to tell how much can the company pay and still be profitable?

You should also visit HP's web site, and see if there are any other HP Admins in canada you can talk to, or an admin group?
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Thank you
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by:rjhawkin
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Sure, no problem, It was just the type of things I have learned after several years of consulting. remember....most clients alsways expect the world, it might be a good idea to get any promises in writing too, depending on how well you know the company
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