I am a female developer that has been working at a company for two years. Last November I asked for a £3500 pay rise which I believe will put me inline for what I should be paid for my role. I was promised that the pay rise would come in January with the annual pay reviews, it never happened.
I have brought up the issue several times with my boss who keeps saying that it will come soon. Since asking for the pay rise three things have happened:
- I have had my contract changed so I am working for the parent company essentially doing the same role with the same boss / team etc. I thought this would be a great time to get my pay rise, instead I only got £1000.
- Then I had 'junior' dropped from my title and more responsibilities added to my job.
- And finally a junior developer has been hired two months ago who I am training up, who I know is on £1000 more than me. His job advert was sent out offering more money than what I was on, and even if he took the lowest bracket he would be making more than me.
I like doing my job but I am feeling very demotivated with the current situation. I always go above and beyond what is needed of me at work, I keep up with the latest trends and I am always working on up-skilling myself outside of work. I have started to look for new jobs which I don't really want to do but the low pay is forcing my hand, I really need to start saving more money.
Do you think there is anyway I can resolve this situation without having to look for another job? Approaching my boss with "If you don't give me a pay rise I am quitting" seems like it could backfire. Also there is the gender pay gap issue, taking my employer to court would make working there awkward if I were to stay.
I believe this is a gender issue, I am also paid less than my male colleague who is 'on the same level' as me and we do very similar roles. It could be argued that he has been working in the role longer so should be on more money, but when a junior arrives that has less experience and does less work gets paid more than me it just enforces this suspicion.
How can I address this issue properly, when it seems like this is a case of gender bias in determining salary?
Update: Thank-you for all the responses, my original question has been altered many times by other users which has made it more about gender than the fact a junior was getting paid more than me (I only suggested my pay disparity could be because of my gender), either way, the advice has been helpful.
I had a meeting with my boss and asked him about my pay, I decided his response was not encouraging and that day contacted a recruiter which ultimately found me a new job, which pays a lot more than the pay rise I initially asked for and is a much better working environment. Thank-you.