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Salary capped? How to have THAT conversation

Salary capped? How to have THAT conversation

Asking for a pay rise is always a contentious issue and not an easy subject to raise with your boss!

Just because you turn up on time every day and hold a 100% attendance record for the year doesn’t necessarily entitle you to a pay rise. However, if you believe you’ve gone beyond the call of duty for your role, or perhaps taken on some extra responsibilities without the financial recognition you deserve, you could be in a favourable position when pitching to the boss.

If you feel you don’t have rapport with your manager this can be an extremely awkward conversation to have and in some cases people ‘wimp’ out and resign before they raise the issue.

Hold your horses people……..before doing anything drastic the best way to approach it would be to arm yourself with some good evidence and reasons as to why you deserve a raise.

1.                   Research the market

You need to know the market rate for someone with your experience. You can research this in many ways by searching for your role on job boards, asking recruiters, online salary surveys even searching if your own company are recruiting for that role online or internally. Salary levels are largely dictated by market forces (notably the cost of replacing the employee).

2.                   Approach your HR team

If after researching the market you still feel you’re not being paid your worth, approach your HR team and raise the issue. They will more than likely handle it directly with your manager on your behalf.

3.                   If it’s still a No

There are usually very good reasons why this is not possible, it might be because of the economy, it might be because you’re at the top of the salary scale for your role. What you need to do is increase your worth; you can do this by agreeing to take on wider responsibilities and opportunities to contribute further.

Focus on developing your own value to the employer and the market-place, rather than simply trying to achieve higher reward for what you are already doing.