North east jobs
Up to 45 per cent of skilled professionals say they intend to ask for a pay rise in their next review, with another 24 per cent considering doing so, according to findings in the recently released Hays Salary Guide.
This follows news that the salary increases employers intend to offer this year can best be described as ‘sedate’.
“Australia’s skilled professionals are certainly not shy about taking the initiative and asking for what they believe their skills are worth,” says Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.
“After several years of smaller salary increases, they are tackling employers’ prevailing cautious approach to salaries head-on.”
As part of the Hays Salary Guide, the recruiter surveyed more than 2950 organisations, representing over three million employees.
75 per cent of these employers expect business activity to increase in the next 12 months, 45 per cent intend to increase their permanent staff levels in the year ahead and 65 per cent say skill shortages will impact the effective operation of their business or department in a minor (42 per cent) or significant (23 per cent) way.
Referring to these findings Nick says, “clearly employers are more positive, which explains why skilled professionals are determined to request a salary increase from their boss.”
If you’d like to ask for a pay rise, Hays suggest you:
recent achievements that exceed your objectives; you may need to look back at your original job description. Also list any changed or rising work volumes or duties you’re now undertaking and consider projects you’ve been involved in.
benefit to the company of your results. The aim here is to provide strong evidence to support the value you provide, so focus on outcomes.
salary you feel your performance and results are worth by reviewing a recent salary guide. This enables you to back up your request with evidence and demonstrate that the salary you are asking for is in line with current market rates.
a meeting to review your salary. When it comes time for this meeting, keep it professional. Stay calm and focused. Do not become emotional and do not talk of how much money you need, such as rising bills or mortgage repayments. Keep your review purely professional.
position. If your employer cannot afford to increase your salary, can you agree a date for another pay review in three or six months? What about additional benefits?
Nick stresses: “Above all, use your accomplishments and the value you add to the organisation as the basis of your negotiation. In this way, you’ll clearly demonstrate your worth and will be in a stronger negotiating position.”