How to ask for a pay rise (the complete guide) | Totaljobs (2022)

When you work hard and go above and beyond your job description or outperform your colleagues, it’s natural to want a decent pay rise. Apart from needing to pay the bills, money is a sign of your value to the organisation, and feeling under-appreciated can negatively impact your confidence.

Yet negotiating a pay rise can be nerve-wracking. Deciding when to approach your boss, how much to ask for, and what to say all needs careful thought.

So we’ve spoken to some of the best employment experts in the business to bring you all the information you need. And if you decide to move on, we’ve got that covered too – with how to negotiate a higher salaryduring the hiring process.

Should I ask for a pay rise?

If you believe you deserve a pay rise, don’t be afraid to raise the issue – particularly if you haven’t had one for more than a year.

Career coach Corinne Mills ofPersonal Career Managementsays: “Lots of people complain about their salary but do nothing. If you want more money, you need to prepare a business case and approach your manager.

If you lack confidence in your abilities, personal and executive coachDr Sally Ann Lawsuggests re-reading your performance reviews.

“We often forget and take for granted the things we’ve done well, instead focusing on the not-so-good things. Reminding yourself of your achievements is a great confidence booster – and you’ll want to talk about your positive track record in the meeting too.”

If just raising the subject of pay makes you feel nervous, Dr Sally Ann’s advice is to work out how you’re going to start the conversation.

“When we’re nervous it’s often the first few sentences that trip us up. If you’re going to ask your boss for a meeting in person, decide on the words you will use and practice saying them out loud. Get off to a good start, and it will give you confidence for the rest of the meeting.”

Corinne adds: “As long as you’re professional about it, you have nothing to lose. Even if your request is declined, you will have reminded your boss of your achievements and opened up a dialogue – ready to review your pay again in six or 12 months’ time.”

How you go about asking will depend on whether you work in the public or private sector. Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser at theCIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, explains. “In the public sector, most workers see their pay rise through unions agreeing a deal, or management agreeing a pay rise.

“This is worked out by central or local collective reward bargaining, or by a pay review body. Depending on where you are in your grade, you will get a service-related increment until you reach the top of your band. If you want more, you either have to show that your job belongs in a higher-pay band through a pay evaluation, or get a promotion.”

In contrast, private sector workers are more likely to get a rise based on their performance. However, there are exceptions. “Some local authorities use performance-related pay, so if you’re considered a star performer you’ll get a higher pay award,” adds Charles.

How do I find out if I’m underpaid?

Before you sit down with your boss, research what colleagues on a similar level earn, as well as those in comparable positions at similar-sized organisations. This way you can argue that your current pay is not in-line with competitive market rates.

The first step is to look at the totaljobsSalary Checker. It allows you to compare the average pay for any job or industry within any location in the UK. Simply enter your job title and location to see the average salary, plus the highest and lowest rates for that role based on recent job ads on totaljobs.

Recruitment consultancies also frequently carry out salary surveys, as do professional bodies and trade magazines.

Next, check to see what similar roles pay on thetotaljobs jobs board. With more than 150,000 jobs across a wide range of industries, it’s a great way to see what similar roles pay in your area. Also check relevant industry-specific jobs boards, such asCaterer.comfor those in hospitality andCWJobsfor IT.

Just be careful when comparing like-for-like. “Similar-sounding job titles can have very different levels of seniority at some companies, salary may differ regionally, and remuneration packages that include bonuses can be deceptive,” warns David Clift,HR Directorat Totaljobs Group.

Specialist recruitment firms operating in your sector are another good source of information, and don’t forget to check your firm’s job ads to see the pay for similar roles.

“It tends to be newer people who are on higher salaries. If you have been with your current employer for a few years, you may find that your wage has fallen behind,” says Charles Cotton.

When it comes to asking what colleagues are paid, tread carefully. Some employment contracts include a clause which prevents staff from disclosing information about pay to third parties. However, this is unenforceable if your purpose for asking is to discover a pay discrimination – on the grounds of age, gender, or race, for example.

Nick Smith, Head of Employment atMincoffs solicitors, explains. “You are within your legal rights to disclose your pay for that purpose to your colleagues, or ask your colleagues how much they get paid, and it is unlawful for your employer to victimise you for doing so, or your colleagues for complying with your request.”

Money can be a sensitive issue, so don’t be surprised if your colleagues don’t want to reveal what they earn. Even if they do, think twice before using it as leverage.

“Taking that kind of information to your manager can make you appear unprofessional,” warns David. “You don’t want it to seem like you’ve been gossiping. My advice is to talk about salary benchmarking in general terms only – without naming names.”

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How often should I get a pay rise?

Workers in the UK are not legally entitled to a pay rise each year, even an incremental rise in line with inflation. Instead, it’s up to employers to choose whether – and when – to increase staff pay. However, in order to hold on to good employees, most companies recognise the need to at least give incremental rises every 12 months.

Most organisations follow a formal process – according to an annual compensation survey by Mercer, 90 per cent of companies give everyone raises on the same day, once a year.

“Some firms increase pay in January because their financial year runs from December to January. Others follow the tax year, which starts at the beginning of April,” says Charles Cotton of the CIPD.

In smaller organisations, pay may not be decided at the same time for everyone, but is reviewed yearly depending on when you joined the company.

“Pay reviews in small businesses tend to be more ad hoc,” explains Charles. “You may not get a pay increase for two or three years, simply because your employer has not thought about your salary – so if you haven’t had a rise for a while, it’s worth asking.”

Generally, you can expect to get (or ask for) an incremental pay rise every 12 months. If you want a rise sooner, you need a compelling case – i.e. your role or responsibilities have changed significantly. In this instance, you may be better arguing for a promotion.

Am I being paid the correct national minimum wage?

Although you are not legally entitled to a pay rise, if you are working for the minimum wage it is worth checking its current rate. Different rates apply to different categories of workers. If you are unsure what rate applies to you, you can check it on theUK government website.

Any changes come into effect from 1 April – and employers are legally required to pay the rates set out by the government.

“If your pay hasn’t increased in line with the minimum wage talk to your employer first,” advisessolicitorNick Smith.

“Your employer should pay you the balance of the underpaid wages immediately. If that does not help, put your request in writing. If they still refuse to pay, you may complain to the HMRC who can enforce your right against your employer on your behalf, and/or issue a claim against your employer in the Employment Tribunal (e.g. for an unlawful deduction from wages; and/or breach of contract).”

What is the average UK pay rise?

National salary surveys from the CIPD reveal that 64% of private sector workers received a pay rise in 2008. Eight years on from the start of the financial crisis, and that figure has dropped to 52%. It’s a similar story in the public sector – 73% of organisations gave pay rises in 2008, compared to 58% in 2016.

With widespread pay freezes and pay rises capped at 1% for many public sector workers, the average UK pay rise currently fails to match the rising cost of living.

The Retail Prices Index for December 2016 stood at 2.5% – yet just 17% of UK employees had a pay rise of 2.5% or more (20% of all private sector workers and 1% of public sector staff).

Some 35% of workers had a pay rise below 2.5% (30% of all private sector workers and 51% of public sector staff).

Recent 2017 surveys predict a similar trend for 2018.

Could I get fired for asking for a raise?


The law is clear, you cannot be sacked for asking for a pay rise.

“And if your employer terminates your employment because you request a pay rise to bring your wages in line with the national minimum wage, such dismissal will automatically be deemed unfair by the employment tribunals regardless of how long you have been in the employment,” adds Nick Smith of Mincoffs solicitors.

How to ask for a pay rise (and get it)

The best way to ask for a pay rise is in person. A face-to-face request is harder to turn down than one made in writing – and if nothing else, broaching the subject in person shows you are serious.

Meeting with your manager allows you to gauge their reaction and make counter-arguments and negotiate – send an email and you won’t get that opportunity.

Even though it’s best to ask in person, writing down your arguments is a good idea. It helps to organise your thoughts, and you can email your manager after the meeting – thanking them for their time and reiterating your main points.

“Very rarely in business today will a line manager be empowered to sanction a pay rise after one meeting. If your boss has a document outlining your arguments, it will help them to recommend your request to senior management,” says Dominic Vaughan, negotiation expert and COO ofAdvantage Spring.

If you decide put your case in writing, read the section on ‘How to ask for a raise in writing’, which includes a sample template letter.

Who should I ask for a pay rise?

If you want a pay rise, approach your line manager first.

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“If you can’t convince your boss, going over their head is never a good idea,” warns career coach Corinne Mills.

“However, many large organisations have a pay review body, where you may need to go through a formal process to convince them that your role is on a different grade and therefore should attract a different salary.

“Even then it’s helpful to have the support of your boss who will be asked to validate your claim. Remember, you need to retain good relations with your manager whatever the outcome of your request. Even if you intend to leave and find a new job, you’ll still want a good reference.”

What is the best time to ask for a pay rise?

An annual performance review is a good time to request more money – as is the end of your company’s financial year. If you know that salary raises are finalised in January, asking in December is too late, as the budget will have already been set.

You don’t have to wait for your annual pay review, you can raise the issue any time. There’s no ‘perfect’ moment, but some occasions are better than others (asurveyconducted in 2005 suggested managers are most receptive to salary review requests on a Wednesday).

Best times to ask for a pay rise:

  • After the completion of a successful project you were involved in.
  • When your employer announces positive financial results.
  • Your contract is ending, and the company wants to renew it.
  • Your manager asks you to take on more responsibility.
  • A comparatively quiet time in your boss’s schedule.

Worst times to ask for a pay rise:

  • Following poor financial results, or the loss of a major contract.
  • After the company has announced a pay or recruitment freeze.
  • Monday morning or a particularly busy time in the quarter.
  • Friday afternoon, when your boss is thinking about the weekend.

How to request a meeting to discuss a pay rise

How you decide to request a pay rise will depend on your boss and the kind of relationship you have with them. Raising the subject informally – at a bar after work, for example – might get results for some, but most managers prefer a formal approach.

Dominic says: “Don’t wait until your manager is at the coffee machine to sidle over and say, ‘I wonder if you have five minutes to spare, I’d like to discuss my pay’.

“Give your request the status it deserves – the meeting is the beginning of a process and deserves a 45-minute slot in your manager’s diary. You have a genuine need to discuss something important to you. Don’t be apologetic in wanting to discuss the matter.”

Be sure to tell your manager what the meeting is about – no one likes to be put on the spot.

What to say in a pay rise 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 – stating what employees in a similar role earn elsewhere and at your own company.

Dominic suggests something like: ‘AsAccount DirectorI am excelling in my role against all KPIs and deliverables. In the open market my worth is X, which is Y% above my current pay. I’d like to discuss how we can close the gap’.

Say again how much you value being part of the team – but make it clear that it’s important to you that your salary is in line with the market.

Be careful about the words you use. “Use clear sentences and avoid soft language,” warns Dominic. “If you say, ‘I’m looking to get,’ or ‘I’m hoping for,’ it suggests, ‘But I don’t expect to get it’.

State the figure you want. “Hedging your bets by saying, ‘I was thinking of somewhere maybe in the region of X,’ makes it seem like you lack confidence in your own worth. If you have done your research, you know what amount is appropriate – so ask for it.”

Throughout the conversation, keep the focus on making rational arguments and avoid showing emotion. Your boss doesn’t need to know – or care – that you want the money to buy a new house, and pleading won’t win you any favours.

What reasons should I give when asking for a raise?

If you’re going to win your manager over, you need to build a strong case. That means demonstrating your value to the company and highlighting your worth in the market.

“Look at it from your boss’s point of view,” says career coach Corinne Mills. “They need to be convinced that the business should invest more of its budget in you – and then they need to justify that decision to senior management.”

Firstly, re-read your job description or contract and list the ways that you exceed in the role and deliver exceptional results. Then note down examples of your contribution to the company and how you have outperformed your colleagues.

Corinne’s advice is to quantify your contributions as much as possible. “Perhaps you have exceeded targets by X amount or attracted Y number of new clients to the business. Maybe you have implemented a new process or saved the department money by going outside the remit of your role.”

Charles Cotton of the CIPD adds: “A manager is going to evaluate what value you bring to the organisation. They will consider what you have contributed over the past 12 months, what would happen if you left the organisation, and how easy it would be to replace you.”

Good employees are expensive to replace, and it’s worth emphasising your experience and commitment to the company. “Just don’t ask for a pay rise based on length of service alone,” warns Corinne. “An employer will be more receptive if you are doing a great job and/or you are tricky to replace – not just because you’ve stuck around.”

Say what you plan to contribute to the company in the next year (making sure your promises are realistic and achievable). The aim is to convince your employer that any investment made in you now will be more than worth it.

How to deal with nerves when asking for pay increase

If you feel anxious about asking for a pay rise, you’re not alone. According to asalary survey conducted by Totaljobs in 2016, 67% of employees say they don’t feel comfortable requesting a pay increase, with 31% admitting they lack the confidence to raise the subject.

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As with job interviews, research is key. The more prepared you feel going into the meeting, the less nervous you’ll be.

“Know what you are asking for – a set amount or a percentage increase – and anticipate your manager’s reaction and any objections they may throw at you,” advises Dominic.

If you feel nervous, practice in front of a mirror or ask a friend to give you feedback on your tone of voice and speed of delivery.

Body language is important. “Don’t click a pen, tap your foot, or allow your hands to fidget. At best these are a distraction, at worst it will seem you have no confidence in your request.

“Sit up straight and lean in slightly. This will help project confidence. Speak politely and look your manager in the eye,” adds Dominic.

How to negotiate a pay rise

Pay rises are awarded on individual merit but will also be benchmarked against other employees in the company and the marketplace. Once you know how your salary compares, you can request a pay increase to bring you in line with the going rate.

To find how much of a raise you should ask for, read the previous section on ‘How do I find out if I’m underpaid?’

According to negotiation expert Dominic Vaughan, you should reference the market, but steer clear of talking about specific colleagues, instead benchmarking against your pay grade/level. “Otherwise it can come across as too personal”.

You want to ask for what seems a reasonable raise. Don’t go too low (you’ll regret it if your manager agrees too readily) but don’t go too high either, as you risk appearing arrogant. Instead, open ambitiously by asking for a little more than you require – knowing that your boss will negotiate down.

The number you open with is also important. “Asking for a 10% pay rise sounds like it’s been plucked out of thin air – asking for 9.7% sounds as though you have done you research and market benchmarking and know what you are on about,” says Dominic.

If your employer feels your request is too high, you can offer to take on more responsibility for extra money, but don’t over-promise. A better option is to be flexible.

“You will never win an argument in a negotiation,” says Dominic. “The viewpoints of both sides are absolutely valid to them – all that happens is that people dig their heels in. The best approach is to ask for movement on your request, so perhaps moving from your opening of 9.7% to 8.7%.”

Alternatively ask questions to gauge your boss’s appetite to move towards you. For example, ask how close to 9.7% the business could get to. Be prepared for your manager to come back to you with an offer – the larger the organisation, the longer the process can take.

Whatever happens, think very carefully before using another job offer as leverage.

“Any threat you make you must be prepared to see through, or your credibility and negotiating power will be undermined,” warns Dominic.

No matter how talented you are, it’s very rare for an employee to be truly indispensable. If you resign and then change your mind, your employer is under no obligation to take you back. In you find yourself in such a that position, read our guide toretracting a resignation.

Dominic adds: “If you ultimately feel that no movement on pay means you will have to seek employment elsewhere, say something like: ‘If you are not able to provide me with a pay rise that’s very disappointing as I’d love to stay, but you have left me with some thinking to do’.”

Even if you decide to get another job, it’s important to remain professional at all times. Not only do you want a good reference, but you may cross paths with your manager again in the future – and you should never burn your bridges in business.

How to ask for a raise in writing

If you decide to ask for a pay rise in writing, see the section below on ‘How to write a pay raise request letter / email’.

How should I thank my boss for a pay raise?

Congratulations – you have secured the salary increase you want. It is good manners to send your manager an email or a thank you letter for the pay rise.

How to write a pay raise request letter / email

If you decide to ask for a pay rise in writing, follow the advice on how to build a compelling case given previously. See the section on ‘What reasons should I give when asking for a raise?’

Briefly, your salary increase proposal should contain your job title, current salary, and how long you have been at the company.

Totaljobs HR Director, David Clift says: Highlight your achievements in the role, noting any changes to your original job description, and benchmark your salary against the market rate. State the increase you want – either a salary amount or percentage increase and say how this will bring you in line with the market rate.

“End by expressing how much you enjoy working at the company, and what you aim to contribute over the next 12 months.”

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Salary increase letter sample / template

What should I do if my pay rise request is turned down?

A common response is for your manager to say that the business is already over its annual budget. If your boss agrees you’re a star performer, but there’s no money available right now, be persistent and set a date to review the situation.

If your boss doesn’t think your performance warrants a pay rise, keep calm and ask them to agree some clear objectives. You can then work towards these and ask to review your performance at an agreed date.

“You could also say that you would like to put together a more robust business case for your pay rise, and ask for your manager’s buy-in to review and support it. Try to understand what the barriers are to the pay rise so that you can dismantle them,” suggests Dominic.

If there genuinely isn’t any cash, consider if there are any perks you want, which may not be difficult for your boss to grant. For example, working from home two days a week, extra holiday allowance, a bigger office, time out of work to attend networking events. Perhaps you could negotiate other employee benefits, such as subsidised travel costs or gym membership.

Even if there is no money in the salary budget, there may be cash for training. Developing your skills will increase your worth at the company (or another organisation) – giving you more bargaining power when you come to negotiate again.

If the company still won’t give you a pay rise, it could be time to change jobs.

HR Director David Clift says: “If you’re not developing your skills and there’s no chance for promotion, then it’s time to research other opportunities.

“Negotiating a higher salary is always easier at the job offer stage, when an employer is keen to secure your services. Have confidence in your achievements and your worth in the market, and you may get the salary increase you wanted – or even more.”

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How do you politely ask for a pay rise? ›

What to say when you ask for a pay rise
  1. Start with the positives about your role and what you're proud of. “Thank you for making the time to meet with me today. ...
  2. Talk about your achievements. “Over the past 12 months I have [talk about your achievements that have benefited the organisation].” ...
  3. Get to the point.

Whats the nicest way to ask for a raise? ›

Our 8 Best Tips on Asking For a Raise
  1. Collect All the Positive Praise You've Received Since Your Last Performance Review. ...
  2. Always Bring Data + Numbers. ...
  3. Consider What You'll Bring to the Team in the Coming Year (and Beyond) ...
  4. Think About Why Your Boss Would Want to Give You More Money + The Time of Year.

What is an acceptable pay rise to ask for? ›

It's always a good idea to ask for anywhere between 10% to 20% higher than what you're making right now. You may be able to ask for more based on your performance, length of time with the company, and other factors. Make sure you come prepared when you negotiate your raise and be confident.

How do you ask for a pay rise in 2022? ›

Always Have The Conversation in Person

Before meeting with your supervisor to discuss a potential pay rise, have a clear list of reasons prepared. Don't be afraid to state the value you offer your company and why you deserve to have an increase in pay this year.

What is the average pay rise in UK 2022? ›

In real terms (adjusted for inflation), growth in total and regular pay fell on the year in April to June 2022 at 2.5% for total pay and 3.0% for regular pay; this was a record fall for regular pay. Average total pay growth for the private sector was 5.9% in April to June 2022, and 1.8% for the public sector.

What should you not say when asking for a raise? ›

Avoid these 5 phrases when asking for a raise—and what to say instead, according to a salary negotiations expert
  1. 1. ' More money' ...
  2. 'I think I deserve this because...' What to say instead: “I deserve this because...” ...
  3. 'I was hoping for...' ...
  4. 'I'm going to have to go to the competition...' ...
  5. 'Thanks, anyway...'
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What is a realistic pay rise? ›

Some public and private sector firms will offer an inflation-linked pay rise once a year, this is usually in line with the cost of living, but tends to average at around 1-2%.

What is the average raise percentage for 2022? ›

And so far in 2022, job-seekers expect to make 34% more than their current salary in a new gig, or a pay bump of $9,253 on average. Of course, the increase you can expect will depend on your job, experience, geography and industry, among other factors.

Is 30% too much to ask for a raise? ›

"30 to 40 percent is a big increase," Herjavec said, adding that most businesses give raises of approximately "8 to 10 percent." "You shouldn't ask for something that big," he added.

How much should salary increase with inflation 2022 UK? ›

Latest official figures show that average monthly pay (excluding bonuses) across the economy increased by 5.2 per cent in May to July 2022, according to the Office for National Statistics.

How much should a raise be each year? ›

Key Takeaways

The average annual pay raise was about 4.6% in 2022. Pay raises are smaller in normal years, usually around 3%. Many factors influence whether you'll see a pay raise in 2022.

How do I ask for a pay rise UK? ›

Meet face to face

Carve out a specific time to talk to your manager – ideally at a time you know they aren't going to be busy or distracted – and make sure you make the pay rise request face to face. “This is harder to turn down than one made on messenger or email,” Green says.

Can I ask for a pay rise due to inflation? ›

Workers in the UK are not legally entitled to a pay rise each year, even an incremental rise in line with inflation. Instead, it's up to employers to choose whether – and when – to increase staff pay.

Should employers give cost of living increases? ›

Private employers do not have to give cost of living raises. It is optional. Cost of living raises shouldn't be the only pay adjustments you give to employees. You might need to give other raises to keep up with competitors, industry standards, employee achievements, and increased experience.

How do you ask for a raise without sounding greedy? ›

How to Ask for a Raise Without Sounding Greedy
  1. Talk About your Accomplishments:
  2. Talk About WHY You Deserve A Raise:
  3. Don't Be Too Greedy Ask For A Reasonable Amount:
  4. Be Confident But Not Arrogant:
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Why am I so nervous to ask for a raise? ›

“The anxiety we feel about a raise often results from a struggle with self-esteem, feeling inadequate or unworthy,” Kaplan said. Again, try to get out of your head. “The request for a raise should be based on objective fact gathering and not on a self-assessment of worth,” Kaplan said.

How do I ask for more money at work? ›

Prepare a one to two page summary of your accomplishments, to highlight the reasons you have earned a salary increase. Then, during your meeting, you'll verbally ask for a raise. No need for a long statement. You'll want to open up the conversation, mention your accomplishments, then ask for a raise.

How long should you work without a raise? ›

Technically, two years could be considered the maximum time you should expect between raises, but don't allow it to go that long. If you wait to start your job search until 24 months have passed, you may not be in a new job until you're going on a third year of wage stagnation.

What kind of raise should I expect in 2022? ›

“It's now budgeted for 4% and potentially higher for next year.” New data released by, a software company that provides compensation data and analytics, found that the median pay increase of 4% is continuing an upward trend that began in 2022.

What do you say when negotiating a raise? ›

If you want a raise, for example, you might start with, “At some point, I'd love for us to talk about my contributions and what I can do to get to the next level,” or, “I'd like to discuss my career growth and how I can continue to develop in this role at my next performance review.” Your boss's initial response can ...

Should you get a raise every year? ›

Whether you've been offered a promotion or you have your eye on one, you should be given a raise with it. Typically, companies will promote from within and refill the more entry-level positions. So the chances of you moving up to a new job and gaining a new annual salary are right around the corner.

Is it rude to ask for a raise? ›

Remember That Asking for a Raise Isn't Rude or Unusual

Many employees worry that asking for a raise will make them look greedy or rude, but this isn't the case. Asking for a raise is a normal part of having a job, and most employers expect you to ask for a raise occasionally.

What is a reasonable salary negotiation? ›

Start with a figure that's no more than 10-20% above their initial offer. Remember, you're applying for entry level, and you shouldn't expect something on the higher range. Consider negotiating lower if 10-20% places you above the average.

Are wages going up in 2022 UK? ›

At the moment, there are no plans for minimum wage to go up in 2022, after the rate was raised earlier in they year.

Is 10% raise good? ›

When asking for a raise in your current position, it is typically acceptable to ask for up to 10% more than what you are making now.

How do you ask for a pay rise via email? ›

Something simple will do the trick. Hi [manager's name], I have greatly enjoyed working here over the past ___ years, and as well as feeling I have learnt a lot from my time within the department, I also feel I have contributed a great deal to the ongoing success of the team and the company.

Is it rude to ask for a pay rise? ›

Remember That Asking for a Raise Isn't Rude or Unusual

Asking for a raise is a normal part of having a job, and most employers expect you to ask for a raise occasionally.

How do you ask for a raise via email? ›

Your message should include:
  1. A request for a meeting to discuss your compensation (in the subject line of the message)
  2. Why you deserve a salary increase.
  3. What additional responsibilities you have taken on in your role.
  4. Any skills or certifications you have acquired since being hired.

How do I ask for salary increase in email? ›

In the first paragraph of your letter, mention how you enjoy working with the company. It's also helpful to state your job title and how long you've worked for the company. Then explain the letter's general purpose which is to ask for an increase in your salary. Next up, explain why you deserve the raise.

What to say when you get a raise? ›

Thank you so much for the raise. It's gratifying to be recognized for my hard work and dedication this way, and it empowers and encourages me to do my best for this company for many years to come. I want to sincerely thank you for the raise. I also want to thank you for the opportunity to learn under your guidance.

What is a reasonable pay rise? ›

How much should you ask for? The average pay raise is 3%. A good pay raise ranges from 4.5% to 5%, and anything more than that is considered exceptional. Depending on the reasons you cite for a pay raise and the length of time that has passed since your last raise, you could request a raise in the 10% to 20% range.

How long should you go without a raise? ›

Technically, two years could be considered the maximum time you should expect between raises, but don't allow it to go that long. If you wait to start your job search until 24 months have passed, you may not be in a new job until you're going on a third year of wage stagnation.


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