I quite like my job but I am not earning enough to survive...

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Juelz, Aug 12, 2018 at 7:36 AM.

  1. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

    I dont know what to do about this, I do like my job and my team but the wage is poor. The crazy thing about all of this is I do a higher level of support than I did at my previous job, work more hours yet paid less. The job itself has not really been what was originally advertised. Dont get me wrong I am grateful for the experience I’ve obtained, but truth be told Im not paid much more than someone working a fulltime retail gig. Do you think if I explained my financial concerns to my boss it would be cheeky of me?

    I have already started looking elsewhere which is abit devastating as I dont really want to be classed as a job hopper but it is quite demeaning when I work my butt off doing things no one else in the company can do, and getting paid absolute peanuts.
  2. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    I would be surprised if you get a pay increase because of your financial situation.

    If you want to speak to your boss you need to highlight what additional tasks you are completing successfully and always say you are willing to take on these tasks. Again if you mention that it wasn’t in your job description that will not go down well.
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  3. rocdamike

    rocdamike Byte Poster Gold Member

    A few questions to ask yourself:

    1) Do you feel like you have much more to offer based on your current skill set?
    2) Are there any quantitative metrics at your workplace which measure your performance against your peers? If so, how well are you doing in comparison?
    3) Have you done any research on the average market salary for your job role?

    Nowadays, I feel that the more considerable pay increases are gained when moving jobs. I don't think employers pro-actively give pay increases every year in line with inflation.

    To gain a raise in salary you really need to prove your worth; granted, it can sometimes be difficult to demonstrate this to your employer. Personally, before raising this with your line manager, I would create a bullet point list of all the extra work you do and what value you bring and evidence supporting this. If you find out that there is no scope for a pay rise, see if there is another role you could move to within the same company or start looking elsewhere.
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  4. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

    Actually I'm going to go backwards a step, you accepted this role at the salary offered, why?? You don't move roles for less money unless there is a goal in mind.
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  5. dmarsh

    dmarsh Petabyte Poster

    1. Learn stuff that you find interesting and has market value
    2. Work out how to achieve maximum value from said skill set
    3. Go to step 1

    Don't bother arguing with your current boss, either you have a low value skill set or your current boss is not a way to achieve maximum market value. Bosses that pay poorly deserve to be rewarded with a resignation letter.

    Step 4. (Optional) Cut your expenditure to the bone so you can afford to do less of steps 1 and 2.
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