I love to see my dogs run off lead. They get better excercise (I can’t keep up with them charging about) and are free to choose when to sniff when to run, when to charge into a bush after a smell…
However I have one dog who is only off lead in private and a friend with spaniel and pointer crosses who never lets them off lead due to their prey drive and her location. These dogs get their excercise in canicross, bikejor and on a long line.
The person who said a young collie could not be happy if never off lead should consider that brain excercise is more important in tiring a dog than physical excercise. If that young collie did some long line excercise, maybe sniffing out a trail or prehidden treats, then maybe some agility, or obedience training or heelwork to music type excercises, then had his food in puzzle feeders or scattered around the garden to find, I suspect he would be more tired than if he had had a charge around the park.
It wouldn’t bother me, especially if you were involved in a sales role or any role where you would be negotiating on behalf of your employer. Pay is a negotiation: you told them how much you were willing to do the job for and they decided that your services were worth that rate because they couldn’t find anyone else capable of doing the job who would do it for less. End of story.
Your previous salary is irrelevant, they’ve got no right to base their offer on it, that is tantamount to an anti-competitive practice because it reduces competition between employers on pay and incentives for employees to change employers.