HOW TO ASK FOR A PAY RISE

5 January 2018

Asking for a pay rise can be a very awkward and stressful experience. To help you out, we’ve gathered our top tips so it doesn’t have to be so daunting!

Preparation

Ahead of your meeting, you need to make sure you are thoroughly prepared to prove you deserve a pay rise. Come up with at least 3 reasons why you’re eligible for a salary increase. These should include key ways you have contributed to the company, praise you’ve gotten in the past and how you will continue to help the company grow and prosper in the future. Showing why giving you a pay rise will benefit both yourself and the company will increase your chances of success.  

Attitude

Go in with a positive attitude and show your manager that you’re driven and capable to take the next step in your career. If this still seems too daunting, ask your manager what you need to do to receive a pay rise; this will open up the conversation and show them that you are being proactive in progressing your career. Communication is key! Finally, remain confident. Asking for a pay rise is a hard task, but shows you’re willing to put yourself out there.

Timing

Timing is key. Get to grips with how often your company reviews salaries so you can plan your meeting. If your company regularly reviews salaries, then you will have more of an opportunity to be flexible, but if salaries are reviewed on an annual basis, then try and arrange your meeting for just before.

Figures

Even though initially asking for a pay rise shouldn’t involve any numbers, having a figure in mind is a good idea should your manager bring it up, and they probably will, so make sure you have a salary bracket in mind. Unsure of what you should be earning? Request a copy of our most recent salary survey to find out the average salary for your level. Just drop us an email at info@jflrecruit.com. (Available from the middle of January) 

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