How to Demand a Pay Rise From Your Employer

A pay rise could be a hard process for some to start; it might consume much effort, time, and even many emails without having the expected result. Like everything else in career life, it needs some professionalism and smart intelligence to gain what you target. Read this article to know the best ways of asking for a pay rise.

What’s the best timing to request a pay rise?

There are many good times that you can utilise to ask for a pay rise, when you have a one to one meeting for a performance appraisal or an annual performance review, the manager provides highly positive feedback, wait till the meeting end, if he didn’t mention a pay rise, open this topic; strike while the iron is hot. 

The previous meeting should precede a follow-up email, in which you would discuss the main reasons for the pay rise quoting from the manager’s talking points, illustrate the projects you were assigned and achieved success in them, and clarify your strong characteristics and skills that directly turned into added value to the company.

Asking for another meeting on this issue will strengthen your situation, where meeting your boss again will allow you to negotiate in a better way, capture his reactions, and forecast his actual intention.

How to negotiate a pay rise?

In a negotiation for a pay rise, focus on the facts, not the goals, mention the achievements you did in the job, not the vision you will achieve in the future. Support the facts with numbers and statistics, to show the positive effect that you were part of. Simultaneously, don’t overvalue yourself, as exaggeration always causes a negative impact. 

If you’re talking with an HR manager or your direct manager, be confident and respect eye contact. Preserve strong body language gestures. There is an extra tip you can utilise perfectly; add 20-30% to the targeted salary, this margin makes the negotiation process easier on stable ground.

Topics you shouldn’t mention on a pay rise

You can’t indicate the hard-living status, as it’s away from professionalism and it lowers the value that your job adds to the company. You can’t threaten your manager and put them in a situation that says it’s the pay rise or a resignation.

What if the pay rise request was refused?

It’s never been the end of the world for a rejection, respect his decision and ask him politely for a pay rise integrated plan. This plan includes steps that cover your weaknesses and goals you should achieve to deserve the rise. This behaviour should be adopted when the main reason for refusal is poor performance.

Create any window for negotiation to have some benefits instead of the pay rise you want, you can ask for a bonus, private means of transportation, flexible work hours, …etc. This behaviour is usually connected to situations when the company states that there is no room for a rise based on current financial difficulties the company passes through.

Ask yourself about the pay rise

It’s the first step you should take before sending a pay rise email to your manager, do you worth this rise? Be honest with your answer, as it’ll be acceptable if the answer was yes or no; you should be the first performance observer of yourself as an employee. This saves a lot of time you could waste for nothing.

Have you observed progress in your productivity and skills? Has your direct manager offered you positive feedback lately? Have you spent more than a year in the same occupation without any modification related to the salary? Is your salary below the average? Then, the time has come to ask for a pay rise.

Whitecollars helps employees with their careers to achieve their goals, reach the positions they deserve, and always make the right decisions at the right time. The career counselling services we offer are always available to guide you along your journey, try them now!

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