Asking for a pay rise requires a delicate balancing act between being courteous to your employer and making a case as to why you're worth more money. Writing a wage rise application letter will allow you to get your points across in more detail than you might be able to do in a face-to-face meeting.
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Embrace the positive. Begin your letter on an upbeat note by expressing your appreciation for the opportunities your employer has given you and stressing your commitment to the company’s success.
Explain why you want your salary to be increased. If, for example, you have just completed a degree or obtained a qualification that equips you with skills that will benefit your organisation, state this simply and clearly.
Provide evidence to justify your application for a wage increase. This allows you to elaborate on the reasons you gave in the preceding paragraph. If, for example, you have recently been given additional responsibilities that aren’t commensurate with your salary, list clearly and precisely what these duties are and the extra time, work and responsibilities they entail. If you want a wage increase related to performance and productivity, cite instances of when you increased revenues or saved your company money, and important projects you initiated, oversaw or brought to completion.
Maintain objectivity. You may feel overworked and undervalued, but it’s counterproductive to say so. If, for example, your salary doesn’t reflect industry standards for the work you do, provide statistics and figures that demonstrate this while emphasising your passion for and commitment to your job.
Request a meeting to discuss your letter in more detail. Unless your employer specifically states that you should make your case only by letter, a courteous request for a follow-up meeting demonstrates that you're serious about wanting a salary increase, as well as your willingness to negotiate and listen to your employer’s point of view.
Say thank you. End your letter on a courteous note by thanking your boss for taking the time to read your letter and consider your request for a salary increase.
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