As you progress and develop within a company, there is likely to be a time when you start to think about your salary and whether you should be getting paid more. This is by no means an easy conversation to have with your employer, but it is worthwhile. It is important to remember that you are not entitled to a raise, it is ultimately the employer’s decision whether you get one or not, so don’t be demanding about what you think you deserve. Your preparation is the key, so if you think you deserve a raise, these are ways to approach the discussion with your employer. Arrange a Meeting It is important that you arrange a formal meeting with your employer to have a discussion about your raise. You can’t expect them to take you seriously if you go up to their desk while they’re working and ask for one. This approach will most definitely not impress your employer. A discussion around salary is formal and the meeting should be arranged correctly. Research It is not enough to just ask for a raise, you need to be able to give reasons as to why you should get one and this involves research. If you are being paid less than employees doing the same role or if it is below the market rate, make sure you have evidence to support it. Your employer will probably need to take some time to consider your request for a raise and they will need supporting documents to reach this decision. Achievements In addition to evidence based on other salaries, you should also be prepared to discuss your achievements since you started in the role. If you have exceeded the expectations of your role or you believe you have the responsibility of a more senior role, you will need to be able to support this. Most managers are busy with their own roles, so it may be the case that they don’t have a full understanding of what you are doing. Realistic Expectations Your reasons for asking for a raise may be that you are struggling to make ends meet, but this isn’t a reason for your employer to grant it. Whether or not you can pay your bills is not really a concern of your employer and is not a reason for offering you more money. You need to be able to substantiate it and be realistic about your expectations. Flexibility It may be that your employer simply can’t afford to give you a raise due to budget constraints and it is important that you don’t offer them an ultimatum. If they say no, there may be alternatives they can offer. For example, they may be willing to allow you to work from home a day or two during the week to save on your travel expenses or they may reconsider at a later date. It is important to be open minded about the discussions and not take any decision as a personal attack.