How to ask for a payrise? 3 Simple Steps

Robert Sheffield
September 20, 20192 mins read

There’s no question about it - we all like getting paid.

Whether it’s hourly, annually or that bonus you’ve been waiting for, we all manage to get by in the world thanks to a little thing we call payday! Whether you are in finance, projects or data analytics, one thing remains the same in every job: asking for a pay rise never gets easier. 
Let’s face it, asking for a raise can be downright terrifying, especially if you’re not sure where to begin.

And here is where we can help you! Being all-things-employment experts here at Morgan McKinley, we have devised 3 simple steps to follow in getting that well deserved pay rise you’ve been waiting for: 

Step 1: Benchmark 

  • Call your recruiter! We are always happy to have a discussion about your skills, experience, and the demand and remuneration for the same sort of roles in the market. 
  • Review up-to-date salary surveys to see how you level up:
  • Take a look at online job ads for similar roles to see what remuneration is being generally offered.
  • Network. Ask your colleagues, friends and contacts who work in the same space who have a similar level of experience how they are remunerated.  

Step 2: Timing is everything  

  • Generally, the best method is to politely ask your manager for a time to meet to discuss an important matter. The meeting should be held discreetly, preferably in a private meeting room.
  • There’s no ‘perfect’ moment, but some occasions are better than others (a survey conducted in 2005 suggested managers are most receptive to salary review requests on a Wednesday). 
  • Your annual performance review is a good time to request more money – as is the end of your company’s financial year (especially if positive financial results).
  • After the completion of a successful project you were involved in.
  • Your contract is ending, and your company wants to renew. 

Step 3: In the meeting 

  • Start by thanking your manager for their time and tell them how much you enjoy the job. Then move on to highlighting your achievements over the past 12 months – and briefly outline how you will contribute to the company in future.
  • At this point, you should reference your research on salary benchmarking – demonstrate you have done your research and you know what you are talking about. 
  • It’s important to remain professional and gracious at all times. Once you’ve presented the reasons why you think you deserve a pay rise, let your manager respond and listen to them with an open mind. 

Performance counts and employees should seek out employers who have or encourage high performance cultures.

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Managing Director - Greater China