I am working in a large architecture company, which the headquarter is based in Switzerland. However, I work at one of the satellite offices in the UK.
I joined about 1 year ago; when I had the job interview, it seemed to me that I had asked for a salary that might be too low for the position I was applying for. This might have been because the salary of the bulk of employees (in Switzerland) is higher than in the UK.
I received a raise of 8% last month to cope with inflation, but here in the UK, it is so brutal (headline figure 11% but feels more like 20%) that I feel I should actually try my luck at asking for a bigger one.
I am well liked by by manager, but I do not really feel like I am in a strong bargaining position.
- I could mention the first point, that I believed I am underpaid compared to my colleagues at the same level, but i have nothing to substantiate that assumption.
- I could bring forward the work done in the past 9 months, although I do not believe it really support a demand for a 20% raise...
- I could hint at my personal situation and the fact that I am being squeezed and will start consider looking for another job if I'm not being heard. But, I don't like the idea of threats and ultimatum as the bosses have been very decent so far, and I enjoy the job. I could just gently hint at it for a start saying something like "I cannot fully concentrate to the daily tasks..." or something of the like. To be honest, this seems to me to be the only bargaining argument that can be wielded with effect in that kind of situation. But maybe I am being cynical.
Anyway, the first step will likely to send an email to my manager explaining that I would like to discuss a raise and see how he reacts, but I wanted to hear feedback on here about what you think of my thoughts.