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Most people are fearful of asking for a pay rise as they don’t like rejection.

Everyone is entitled to ask for a pay rise but some serious thought and research should go into the process before you step into your boss’s offices to ask.  Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts of approaching and asking.


Think about why you want a pay rise : Ensure you build a case study to take with you think about what have you done to deserve a one? Have you gone above and beyond your job role? Has your workload increased? Have you contributed to the upturn in the Company profits?

Do your research: Have a look at salary surveys on line, what are comparable employees being paid either in your company or others?

When was the last time you had a pay rise? If you are unsure of when you were last given a pay rise, have a look through your own records or ask your Human Resources department for the information.

Is the time right to be asking for a pay rise, have the company budgets just be set?


  • Just expect that you are good enough to get a rise
  • Think that because your colleague earns more than you should get a rise
  • Just storm into your boss’s office and expect to have a meeting with you, ask for a meeting and let them know what it is about, giving them time to research as well.

What will you do if you are not happy with the answer that you get? You can challenge the decision if you are not happy with it. If you have been given reason to do with your performance for not getting a pay rise you could work towards improving your performance. If you are completely unhappy then you should start looking for a new job that offers the salary that you are looking for.

Editorial: Rachel Oliver, Clockwork Recruitment




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