Firstly, forgive me if this has already been posted but I looked and couldn't find anything specifically about salary weighting, If so ill remove.
I recently relocated to a new city in the same job (I just moved to a different office) where it is considerably more expensive to live. My company agreed to pay me a weighting for my role based on my new city vs my old one. This move was was discussed very early in the interview process (with 5 directors of the company) and I was offered the right support and permission to do it.
My employer and I agreed how I'd to go about the move was to let my LM and Head of Department know that I was looking for a house (as I said they knew about it anyway, it was just a matter of when), which was acknowledged at the time. Then to tell them when we have one to move into, again this was agreed at the time. This then gave my employer a 2 month definitive deadline of my intentions to move, as well as a start date in the new office and the chance for them to work out the HR related admin and salary. All of this was discussed through various means, chats, messages and emails and agreed. So when I found a place I notified them about it to get the ball rolling.
I spotted a figure in our HR software one day before I was told in any capacity what it would be so I approached my Head of Department about it. The figure my HoD gave me (same as in the HR software), in a "quick chat", I profoundly disagree with but they say there is no wiggle room and that its final, despite my attempt to negotiate when presenting research that I had done, I got a flat "No".
I had done research knowing this chat would happen eventually. I had looked at various things, salary surveys, similar job specs, recruiter polls, glassdoor, asking a few friends I know who have done the same thing.
There are a couple of factors to bear in mind: 1. There salary range for my role in the industry is broad, so broad that its difficult to pin down where I sit. 2. My company tell me im at the top of my banding. 3. The research I have got suggests it should be more. 4. I really like the job and place I work, this just casts a negative light on it.
In around 1-2 weeks I have my appraisal and I have a feeling that this will be brought up as it will be the official platform that they will have to tell me about the increase in the presence of HR.
My question(s) is:
How do I respond to them asking if im happy with it or want to discuss the topic?
Is there any advice on what to do?