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    • shell820810
    • By shell820810 15th Oct 16, 4:43 PM
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    No payrise in 5 years
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    • 15th Oct 16, 4:43 PM
    No payrise in 5 years 15th Oct 16 at 4:43 PM
    I have been with the same company for 11 years and have not had a payrise in about 5 years. 5 years ago I went on maternity, returned part time and had a second child and have returned again part time. During my first 6 years I had a promotion and got good increases because the market was booming, plus increases for professional exams.

    Payrises are based on performance reviews and I have received a satisfactory score during my reviews. Employees with the same performance rating are getting payrises but I have been told I am on a good salary for what I am doing (because of previous payrises that I deserved).

    Do you think there is an element of discrimation here? How would you approach this. It has been implied that I won't get any increases unless I apply for a promotion.
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    • TBagpuss
    • By TBagpuss 17th Oct 16, 11:26 AM
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    OP, based on what you say, it doesn't sound as though they are discriminating against you.

    If you are getting 'satisfactory' at appraisals that may be part of the issue - obviously diferent companies will use diferent terminology, but I would see 'satisfactory' as meaning "does the job as expected" - it implies "average", to me, so it may be that you need to be lookin to get "excellent" or whatever the rating above "satisfactory" is, to be able to sucessfully argue for a pay rise.

    I'd suggest:

    - At your next apparaisal, or when you are able to speak with your line manager, ask specifcially what you would need to do to obtain a pay rise.Ask about specific goals and how they would be measured.

    - Go to the appraisal prepared to set out your stall. Be clear about what you feel you have achieved, areas where you have gone above and beyond the basis requirements of the job, any specifc achievements. Be sure to include things which might be ess obvious - e.g. if your appraisal focuses on sales, but you have also spent time dealing with unhappy customers and resolving issues so they decide not to complain, or if you have provided training or support to other staff, then make sure that you highlight that as well.

    - If you are asking for a raise, be ready to justify it - this may include setting out your achievements as above, but also what the market rate is for this kind of job (if that is higher than your current pay)

    - Consider looking elsewhere. Do some research abut other part time work and whether this would pay better. Sometimes, intangible benefits like being clsoe to home, having built up a relationship where you can be a little flexible on timing etc can mean that the over all package is better where you are even f the headline pay would be higher elsewhere.

    - If you don't feel the package over all is as good as elsewhere, then start job hunting. But don't threaten to leave for higher pay unless you are prepsred to follow through.
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