Asking for a pay rise is never easy. Although many find the conversation awkward and tricky to navigate, it is an aspect of working life that everyone will have to experience at least once. To successfully request a pay rise takes preparation - we’re here to take some pressure off and equip you for the conversation.
Work out what you are worth and why you are valuable
When asking for a pay rise, it is important to show your Manager how much of an asset you are to the team. Start by asking yourself, what have you achieved that warrants a pay rise? Prepare a list of your recent achievements and how these have been valuable to your company. Think about it from a Manager’s point of view and aim to tell them how your work has helped them achieve their goals.
Research Comparable Salaries
Salary bands and demands for different roles are constantly changing with the market. This allows you to support your request for a pay rise with relevant evidence from the current market and demonstrate the salary you’re asking for is in line with market value.
Set up a meeting
Once you feel prepared, set up a meeting with your Manager for a time that suits you both. Ideally, you will want to do this privately in-person, but online is an option too. When the meeting comes around, hold a professional manner and aim to stay positive. No matter how prepared you can feel, nerves vacancy still sometimes gets the better of you in these conversations, so make sure you have clear notes written for their meeting that you can refer to throughout.
Have an open mind
Remember that your manager may not be able to give you a pay rise, even if they want to. Your manager may also want to negotiate, so consider how much you would be willing to compromise your expectations. If you get turned down for a pay rise, you may be able to ask for something additional such as professional development, flexibility, or increased annual leave. This would also be a good opportunity to ask your managers the areas you could improve on so you’ll have a better chance next time.