Ireland’s unemployment rate continues to drop (6.3 % August 2017), Irish property prices rises by 12.3% and retail sales increase by 11.9% in the year to July.
It is worthwhile noting that recent surveys estimate that 60-70% of companies in Ireland will offer between 1-3% pay increments in 2017 / 2018. With all these positive indicators in the market place, when is the best time to ask for a pay rise?
This is always a difficult question and salary negotiations can be difficult. Many people don’t ask for a raise or negotiate a salary offer because it makes them uncomfortable, they’re nervous or they don’t want to seem too pushy. Also more often than not the person has an unsuccessful outcome. This can be attributed to a few factors. Poor timing, being unprepared for the negotiation process and generally being unreasonable.
There is no perfect time, however, often a window exists in September. Most budgets are prepared for the following year so maybe this is your time.
Here are some other aspects you should consider before putting in your request;
Ultimately, pay rises are achieved by those who show their employer they are too valuable to lose and are therefore worth that little extra. No matter how much you think you deserve a pay rise, if you haven’t prepared properly you will most likely have a negative outcome.
Timing is key! The time you choose to ask your manager for a rise is almost as important as preparing a good case for one. First thing on a Monday or last thing on a Friday aren’t a good idea. Neither is in the middle of a big, stressful project. You should;
If your manager refuses your pay rise because they don’t believe that your achievements warrant it, you can ask for a clear list of expectations and agree a future date to review your progress.
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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