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How to best approach your employer for a pay rise

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Bringing the subject up

This all comes down to what type of boss you have. If they are forthright and direct, you can ask them for a meeting to discuss your current salary. If less so, then asking How do I go about chatting about salary may be the best approach. 

Ideally you will have arranged a meeting for the discussion where you can present your case and get their initial feelings about it.

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Negotiation

Make sure you come across as well prepared, highlight elements from your preparation that are in your favour and discuss them openly. Highlight your loyalty towards the company, your achievements over the last year and how they have positively affected the company. Its important that you stay calm and considered and accept feedback from them before negotiating further.

It is often best for your boss to suggest a number first, as it may well be higher than you were prepared to settle for. If it’s lower then counteroffer and suggest a compromise between the two if you feel that is reasonable.

What if it’s a no

Its always hard to be pushed back on something but dont get discouraged. Its an ideal opportunity to ask, What would I need to do to get the raise next time and prioritise your workload to get that. Its a chance to align with the goals of the company and work towards them to demonstrate your true value.

Helen Taylor is the head of HR at global office broker Instant

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