I appreciate there are similar questions such as this question, but it doesn't quite meet my concerns.
In early March, I'll have been working in my business for 2 years, originally taken on as a graduate web developer on £17k basic in a small team: my manager, myself and a dev for niche piece of software. That dev then left the business and I was landed the role of taking on the development for this piece of software. Following the first year, I had a rise to £20k basic.
We've since recruited 2 extra developers.
In about 18 months, I've become qualified developer in that piece of software and have responsibilities such as: managing the telephone lines, internet lines, system administration, technical support, travelling between offices (who don't have anyone technical) to support them if required and am unofficially regarded as the "second in command" of our small team whereas my colleagues have the luxury of just being able to code, relatively undisturbed.
The point I'm trying to make here is that in addition to developing for the website and the niche piece of kit, I've got a lot of extra responsibilities.
I've recently been contacted by a recruiter, explained my situation to them and they're claiming they could get me £30k plus benefits which got me thinking and after a quick search found that jobs being advertised with my credentials earn between £25k and £35k.
Long story short is: I'm feeling underpaid. Although the question linked refers to increments of 10%, what I'd be asking for is an increment of about 25% which I feel is absolutely reasonable, but it does sound like a steep increase.
- Is it reasonable to request such a high pay rise given the skills I've acquired over the 2 years I've been at this business?
- How could I approach such a large % increase with my manager?
- Should there be anything to be aware of during this process?
When I got my first rise, I was simply offered an amount and accepted so there wasn't really any process for myself. Each quarter we have a review which is what I'm waiting for to bring this up, as it feels to be the most appropriate time. I want to take this opportunity to mention it as otherwise I'm concerned the process would be the same as the first time.
I appreciate the feedback! I would like to clarify and expand a little on a few points:
- I'm flattered about the remarks around £30k-£40k, but I think with having only 2 years industry experience, £25k is reasonable.
- I actually work in recruitment. I'm not sure if the type of industry makes a difference? Searching for a new job isn't the easiest as we specialise in IT so posting my CVs to boards is a big no-no, rather I'd have to probably contact recruits and employers directly. A bit of a pain, but that's my problem I suppose.
- The other 2 devs have no idea how the phones work, administration, internet networking etc... works. So I do feel I have a lot of leverage to work with.
- I have a good relationship with my manager. It's not always incredibly formal.
Not sure if this makes any difference to the answers present. But I massively appreciate your responses.
I'd upvote if I could but I'd really rather keep this anonymous.
Thank you again.