Pitching for a Pay Rise

Asking For a Pay Rise Three Q Blog

You’ve been in your job for a while now, and are constantly being praised for your efforts. But there comes a time when most employees feel that positive feedback should start to translate into a bigger pay cheque. So how do you go about asking your boss for a pay rise? Read our Dos and Don’ts below to help you prepare:

 

Do…

  1. Plan Ahead

Think about all you have done and achieved in your job in the last 12 months. Does it warrant a salary increase? Noting your achievements and outstanding contributions as they happen will make it easier when the time comes to ask for more.

 

2. Get the Timing Right

If the company has recently suffered a loss, it may not be the ideal time to broach the subject of a pay rise. Keep an ear out for any major wins or revenue targets being hit and time your conversation with your boss accordingly.

 

3. Be OK With a No

Highlight your achievements, your loyalty and the value you have added during your time with the company. But be open to negotiation and to your boss having a genuine reason for saying no. If you are told no, try to agree a time some months down the line where the situation can be reviewed again, and take on board any advice that will help you to improve your performance for the next time.

 

Don’t…

  1. Compare Yourself to Others

Try to leave others and their salaries out of the discussion. After all, it isn’t your business what anyone else is earning.

 

2. Give an Ultimatum

This rarely goes well, and your boss may feel unnecessarily pressured. Unless you are fully prepared to follow through with it, leave ultimatums out of the conversation.

 

3. Ask Too Much

Proposing a figure that is completely unrealistic will likely get you an immediate “no”. Keep your numbers realistic and in line with others in the industry to give yourself the best chance.