Negotiating a pay packet can be one of the most uncomfortable career conversations. In fact, a study conducted by CV-Library found that almost two-thirds (63.6%) of employees are reluctant to ask their bosses for a raise.
Either out of fear of rejection or causing offense, money is never an easy subject to breach. Especially when times are tight - thanks to Brexit and the fall of the pound - raises are a rarity.
However, being transparent to those who do pluck-up the courage to ask, can save those employees from harbouring resent. Jeff Haden, Speaker, LinkedIn Influencer, and Author of ‘TransForm: Dramatically Improve Your Career, Business, Relationships, and Life ... One Simple Step at a Time,’ says that it’s an employer’s duty to explain: “If an employee hasn't earned a raise, say why. If the company can't afford to increase salaries, explain why.” The fickle excuse ‘I would like to give you a raise, but (insert any old nonsense here)’ isn’t making anyone feel better but the boss,” Haden says.
But, despite honesty, workers are still likely to switch jobs – especially when they can get significantly better money if they do. According to a survey from ADP, the average full-time employee who switches to another position with another company will get a six per cent increase.
And luckily, for those with greener pastures on the brain, salaries increased across many UK cities in September, with Aberdeen, Cardiff and Edinburgh all offering lucrative pay packets. The data, from CV-Library found pay packets across a number of UK locations were prosperous, in comparison to year-on-year data from September 2016.
Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, comments: “September is traditionally a busy time for recruitment and it’s clear that businesses across the nation were pulling out all the stops last month.
“It’s great to see that so many of the UK’s major cities saw salaries increasing, suggesting that businesses are working hard to beat the competition and secure talented recruits. For job hunters looking for their next role, these thriving cities and towns could be a great place to start.”
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