Before you ask for big money, you better be able to sell it. Do you add value? Do you make the owners life easier? Don't just agree to terms if your not happy!. Don't sign anything without reading and understanding it. Contracts have consequences!! and are not written in stone, you can negotiate them. You may not be as valuable as you think, ask your yourself how can you can change that.
Good people have always been hard to find and quality comes at a cost. There are lots of ****** employees too, it does go both ways.
Negotiate hard and don't take the first offer.
And why not....
Here's my list of why some companies may have trouble finding staff. Hopefully my words will help them change their foolish ways.
-Under appreciate / pay full time staff until they leave.
-Bad pay / long tours. Have special flight pay, thats impossible to ever collect.
-No guarantees, but claim their always busy, so don't worry.
-Silly employment contracts, wanting employees to sign away rights. But don't worry we would never do whats in the contract
-Don't want employees, only contractors. Who they can sue if anything goes south. Would never try and do that though....honest, just standard stuff
-Bonds for PPCs, Bonds for endorsements.
-Have old worn out ops manager/owner/CP stuck in the dark ages, same goes for aircraft.
-Bad reputation. That means you have to pay more...learn from the past.
-Company credit cards never have any funds available.
-Require pilots to loan the company money for jet fuel and other operating expenses. Interest on short term loans will never be paid so don't even ask.
-CARs/MCM is just an operational suggestion when busy.