In a time when women are finally gaining kudos within the business sector, it seems that women themselves are acting as self-barriers when it comes to career progression.
A study researched by UK-based employment website CV-Library, has revealed that nearly two-thirds (61.7%) of women find it awkward talking to their boss about pay, compared to 48.5% of men.
This has resulted in 75.7% of female workers not receiving a pay review in the last 12 months.
In addition to this, the study, which surveyed over 1,200 UK professionals, found that a further three quarters (75.6%) of women believe they’re underpaid, compared to 74.6% of men.
Worse still, nearly half (49%) of women think that their employer actively avoids the topic of pay altogether.
It also reveals that only 15.3% of women have received a pay rise in the past year, despite not receiving a formal salary review from their employer.
“The gender pay gap remains a real issue in UK workplaces and while many companies are taking a proactive approach to resolve it, it’s clear that more needs to be done to ensure fair pay for all genders. After all, feeling like you’re underpaid and aren’t properly financially rewarded for your efforts at work can be demoralising,” says CV-Library CEO and founder Lee Biggins.
“In order to keep on track with inflation, all workers are entitled to a pay rise if they have met their targets and are performing well in the role. If you believe your efforts aren’t being recognised and you deserve an increase in your wage, it’s time to broach the subject with your employer.”
While the concept may seem intimidating, the powers that be have also added some tips on how to approach your boss:
1. Schedule in a meeting with your boss with the agenda set as a pay review
2. Come prepared with examples and arguments of why you deserve it
3. Be confident but not arrogant in your arguments
4. Don’t be afraid to negotiate
5. Be prepared to be told ‘no’, you won’t always get a pay rise the first time you ask, but there are other aspects you can negotiate on, like holiday or workplace perks.
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