How to ask for a PAY RISE!!!

January 22nd, 2024

Asking for a pay rise can be a delicate process, but it's an important step to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your work. Here are some steps to follow when asking for a pay rise.

Timing is crucial:
Choose the right time to ask for a rise. Typically, it's best to discuss this during your annual performance review, as this is when many companies evaluate compensation. If your review is months away, you may need to initiate a separate conversation.

Do your research:
Before approaching your employer, research industry standards and salary benchmarks for your role, experience, and location. Look at other local jobs similar to your role or pick up the phone and ask your friendly local recruitment agent if your expectations are on track.

Document your accomplishments:
Create a list of your achievements, responsibilities, and any additional value you've brought to your organisation since your last pay increase or since you were recruited. Be specific and use data and examples to highlight your contributions.

Practice your words:
Prepare explaining why you deserve a pay rise. Be confident but respectful. Practice what you want to say in advance to ensure you convey your points effectively.

Arrange a meeting:
Request a meeting with your supervisor/manager to discuss your compensation. Send an email or ask for a catch up with your manager.

Be professional and polite:
When discussing a pay rise, maintain a professional and respectful tone. Avoid making demands or being confrontational. Approach the conversation as a negotiation, not a confrontation.

State your case:
During the meeting, present your research, accomplishments, and the reasons you believe you deserve a rise. Address how your contributions have benefited the company and how you've gone above and beyond your current role.

Listen and be open:
Be prepared for your employer's response. They may have concerns or questions. Be open to feedback and ready to discuss potential solutions or compromises.

Be flexible:
It's possible that your employer may not be able to grant your requested pay rise in full. Be open to negotiating and discussing other benefits, such as additional holiday days, study leave or study support, a bonus, or non-monetary perks.

Follow up:
If your employer needs time to consider your request, give them the time they need. After the conversation, send a follow-up email summarising your discussion and any agreed-upon action items.

Remember that not all pay rise requests will be successful, but by following these steps, you'll demonstrate your commitment, professionalism, and willingness to advocate for your worth within the organisation. If your request is denied, you can request specific reasons and ask for feedback on what you can do to improve your chances in the future.

I do hope this article offers some support and encouragement. My moto in life..." If you don't ask... You don't get!"

If you would like further support on your onwards career journey don't hesitate to contact Clare at Vardey Recruitment.


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