By Sherridan Hughes, Career Consultant
Before asking for a pay rise it is important that you should feel certain that you are deserving of one!
Obviously there is always inflation to fall back on, but why else do you feel that you should be paid more? Are you earning less than colleagues doing equivalent work?
Have you been there longer and therefore offer greater experience than peers? Have you taken on further responsibilities? Have a clear argument ready to justify an increase and pick your moment!
There is little sense in grabbing your boss when in the middle of a crisis or keen to dash off.
Wait until s/he is in good humour, perhaps having just returned from holiday or having just won a big account and ask to have a private word. Do not just blurt out “I want a pay rise!” in front of everyone.
Explain your reasons calmly and quietly, providing evidence of your contributions above and beyond the call of duty where possible.
If a payrise is not forthcoming, you may threaten to leave, but you have to be prepared to actually do so.
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