Plan for a pay rise by not asking for cash


As the end of the financial year approaches, it’s tempting to head into the boss’ office and ask for a pay rise. An article on strategies to do that at offers a bunch of useful suggestions, including this one: don’t just think about asking for cash. Getting the option of flexible working hours, or additional time to work at home, may be just as valuable as cold hard cash — and much simpler for your immediate manager to approve. Would you accept better conditions in lieu of more cash, or does money really talk? Let us know in the comments.

How to ask for a pay rise … and get it


  • Absolutely. In my case it was a large organisation with rigid banding – everyone at the same level on the same band was paid the same – no negotiations on the cash. However I achieved sponsorship for permanent residency (about $4,000 cost and priceless for me) one year, and an extra 5 days holiday the next year, again invaluable. Smaller victories have been successful “Can I get on this project so I can have a better pay rise next year” conversations.

  • I needed the cash – I had the car, car park and gadgets (PDA,laptop, etc). I was perk rich and cash poor. I needed CAASSSHHH! And now I have it! Negotiated a rise just a couple of weeks ago – still over the mooooon. 🙂 I’d never had to properly negotiate for a rise before. Due to the industry I’m in now, the dreaded meeting had come up. [sweaty palms, nervous smile]
    Reading a heap of aticles online helped me. They gave me some really good tips. Also found a CD set from a place call hkconsultants all about how to get a pay rise. That came in handy too; hearing how the negotiation could play out, before it happened (hkconsultants for those interested). Having said all of this, I think for those that don’t have non-cash goodies, they are a heap easier to get from a stingy boss when compared with cash — so try to perk up your life. God bless, Sydney Exec.

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