Securing a pay rise


There’ll come a time in your career where you start to feel like you’re not being paid your worth. That’s because the longer you’re in a job, the more skilled and experienced you’ll become. But how do you get your boss to see the light and grant you a very nice pay rise?

If you haven’t got a clue where to start, fear not ― there’s nothing we don’t know about negotiating pay rises; so have a read through some of these handy little pointers:

  • You’re in a much stronger position to negotiate a pay rise when you’ve been in your office job for a while, as you should be able to easily prove your worth. Keep track of all of your achievements ― however big or small ― and whenever you receive positive feedback, make a note of it. If you can present your boss with a portfolio of evidence for why you really do deserve a pay rise, you stand a much better chance of getting them to say yes.
  • If you think that you should be earning more than you currently are based on your job type and location, visit find out the average pay for your position and geography. This is an excellent tool for providing your manager with hard and fast facts about the state of the current jobs market, and will subtly suggest that you could be earning more money elsewhere.
  • If you are going to hint at leaving, make sure it’s only that ― a hint. If your boss thinks you’re threatening to leave, you might come across as being a bit demanding and this could weaken your case. Simply say that the market rate is higher than your current salary, but emphasise that you love your job and would hate to leave. If you can present a good enough case for what a good worker you are, they won’t want to lose you.
  • Choosing the right time to approach the subject of a pay rise is crucial. Grabbing a quick five minutes with your boss on the way out of the door on a Friday night is not going to give you much of an opportunity to get your case across. Instead, optimise such perfect opportunities as your annual performance review, or try to set up a meeting after you’ve successfully completed an impressive project, or received some really good feedback.
  • When you do have the conversation, make sure you relax and, more importantly, believe in yourself. If you don’t think you’re worth what you’re asking for, neither will your manager. It is however always a good idea to ask for a tad more money than you’re expecting, just to give you some room for negotiation. But don’t aim too high, as you risk coming across as a bit greedy and out of touch. Try to anticipate any likely objections so that you already have a good little argument to hand.
  • And finally, don’t use a colleagues’ pay rise as your only case in point, as this won’t impress your manager one bit.

If you are unsuccessful, don’t feel disheartened. Your company may be going through a tough time, or they might be willing to offer you other benefits to compensate. But if you’re really not happy, get in touch with us today and start the hunt for a shiny new office job.