We have our workplace annual reviews coming up soon, this is when people in our organization receive pay-rises etc. The pay-rise is usually around several percent.
However I feel as I am being underpaid. I have worked at the company for around 4 years, 1.5 of them were spent as an apprentice but I have been a junior for 2.5 years, my pay is several thousand pounds less than what I've heard is offered to new hires at a similar level to me. I feel like I am paid less due to the fact I started at such a low level and due to my age (I'm 22).
At some point in the interview my boss will say something along the lines of "We're to increase your pay by 'x' amount.". I find it hard to say that I'm wanting a larger pay rise due to how final he makes it seem and not wanting to come off as ungrateful and also not wanting to offend my boss.
What would be the best way to approach this, I don't want to spend another year feeling exploited :(