Work­ers scared to ask for a pay raise

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As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia spokes­woman Re­becca Fraser rec­om­mended be­ing pre­pared for an em­ployer to turn down a pay rise re­quest.

If the com­pany could not af­ford to of­fer more money, she said work­ers could in­stead ask for ex­tra an­nual leave or ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Over­all, Aus­tralian salaries in­creased 2.3 per cent in the year to the Septem­ber quar­ter, just ahead of the con­sumer price in­dex at 1.9 per cent, ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian TIME IT RIGHT COM­PILE A CASE KNOW YOUR VALUE RE­MOVE EMO­TION CON­SIDER AL­TER­NA­TIVES SOURCE: Adecco’s Mar­i­anna Mood, CDAA’s Re­becca Fraser Bureau of Statis­tics. Rises ranged from 1.8 per cent in min­ing and re­tail trade to 2.8 per cent in health care and so­cial as­sis­tance.

The head of or­gan­i­sa­tional strat­egy prac­tice at Korn Ferry con­sul­tancy, An­drew La­fontaine, said that fore­cast short­ages of highly skilled tal­ent in sec­tors such as IT and health could push up salaries.

“We’ve had low wage growth for a very long time but it may be a trig­ger for wage growth to go up,” he said.

TAKE THE LEAP: Leave emo­tion at the door and come armed with facts about your value to your work­place when re­quest­ing a pay rise.

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