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How to ask for a pay rise

Asking for a pay rise can be a daunting prospect, but the chances are unless you ask, you may not receive. So, how do you go about facing the Practice Manager and putting in that request?

Here are some tips that may help.


Have a good reason for asking for a pay rise. The better you make your case, the more you can reasonably expect to receive. Simply stating your length of service and general inflation isn’t likely to result in a pay rise that’s going to set your hair on fire. However, if you’re working longer hours, have taken on an increased amount of responsibility, made a contribution that’s had a direct and positive impact on the Practice, these are all tangible justifications for requesting a salary increase.

Do some research, so you know how much you’re worth. Look for roles being advertised that closely match your own responsibilities, and compare the salaries and package. When it comes to your immediate colleagues, exercise caution. Some Practices may have stipulated in your contract or in the Employee Handbook that remuneration salaries are not to be discussed and you may find yourself in hot water if you do. Additionally, you’re discussing your pay rise, and this should be apropos of what other staff members are earning. And besides, “Lucy gets paid more than I do and so I want the same as she gets” is not a professional answer likely to deliver a great result!

Consider whether there are any benefits you would like to bring into the conversation that may be add-ons or used as bargaining chips. These could be a range of things, from subsidised parking or gym memberships to an alteration in working hours, or getting paid overtime or increased holiday allowance.

The Meeting

Don’t rush the meeting, and don’t have it on a busy or particularly stressful day. Trying to rush the conversation is likely to end in a poor outcome and a feeling of frustration. If it needs to be rebooked, then rebook it.

The meeting should be viewed as a negotiation, rather than a confrontation. Even if you do feel as though you’ve been undervalued and taken for granted, this is a professional situation, so take the ‘personal’ out of it. When you’ve stated your reasons for requesting a pay rise, ask the Practice Manager what they think and then actually listen to the answer. There may be reasons pertaining to your performance or skills in which case, you will have the opportunity to address these issues.


If you get everything you want, it’s time to celebrate. If the results are less than you wanted but you’ve been given specific and actionable reasons, then you have established what you need to do to receive the package you want.

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