Cara Jenkin re­veals how to re­ceive more without a pay rise

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LOOK FOR PERKS Em­ploy­ers of­ten say a lack of money in the bud­get is the rea­son why they can­not give staff the pay rise they want or, per­haps, any pay rise at all. If there isn’t enough money forth­com­ing, look for other things of value your em­ployer may be able to pro­vide. An on­site car park, tech­nol­ogy, tools such as a tablet, uni­forms paid for by the em­ployer or dis­counts on com­pany prod­ucts or ser­vices may all save you sig­nif­i­cant amounts in the long run and not hit the busi­ness bud­get as hard. Con­sider team­ing with col­leagues for an ex­pen­sive perk, such as a sub­sidised or free drinks fridge, al­low­ing a lower one-off cost to the boss. UP­DATE YOUR SKILLS In­stead of more money, ask your em­ployer for more train­ing. You might want to at­tend a sem­i­nar in­ter­state, study a short course or ob­tain a vo­ca­tional or ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tion. The ex­tra skills you learn will not only boost your abil­i­ties but help im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity at the com­pany. Make sure you high­light this ben­e­fit to the boss in your pitch for the sem­i­nar or the ex­tra train­ing. Em­ploy­ers also may be able to re­coup costs, re­ceive fund­ing or in­cen­tive pay­ments from gov­ern­ments to train staff, mak­ing the ini­tia­tive cost-neu­tral, so check out what is avail­able and put it to the boss. TAKE TIME OFF Paid leave en­ti­tle­ments in­creas­ingly are be­ing used by em­ploy­ers as part of the over­all salary pack­age to ef­fec­tively give work­ers a pay rise for the pro­por­tion of time they work. There may be times of the year when the work­load is par­tic­u­larly slow and you can af­ford to take a few days or a cou­ple of weeks off, without af­fect­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity. Time in lieu can be ar­ranged as a clause in the con­tract to re­place paid over­time. A day off for a birth­day, the first day of school for par­ents of first­time school chil­dren or for study are other op­tions to gain more free time for im­por­tant events, without sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the work­force. NE­GO­TI­ATE FLEX­I­BIL­ITY Is it the amount of money you’re re­ceiv­ing for your work that re­ally both­ers you or do you lament your lack of leisure time? Are you stuck in traf­fic when you would pre­fer to drop your chil­dren off at school? Ask your em­ployer for flex­i­ble work­ing op­tions, such as work­ing from home, an ear­lier or later start time or com­pressed hours, when stan­dard work­ing hours are com­pleted in fewer days of the week. Even just chang­ing your hours to get out of rush hour can give you back more time in a day. Your em­ployer re­wards you with time and the trust to work in­de­pen­dently.

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