I am currently a senior .NET developer in the company, working on the most valuable product of the company, and one of the few with web development skills. I have over 5 years of experience and my skill is well appreciated within my company. I have been at the company for almost two years.
My company needs more senior web developers, and I am one of the ones interviewing them. I am also cc'ed into emails from recruiters which mention the expected salary of the candidates, to date, none of the candidates has proven much technical skill in the interviews. However my concern is that the salaries wanted by these candidates is anywhere from 8-23k above my salary, for the same role.
I have done my own research and find that the rates being asked are the market rates. So I am wanting to ask my manager for a £8k raise to match what the new developers are being offered. Is this reasonable?
I do not have any offers from anywhere else as I am not really actively looking at the moment, I fear if I actively look then my managers will be informed by one of the long standing company recruiters, also there is a fear that I will be marked in some negative way. Some have suggested its not worth having the conversation unless you already have an offer on the table.
So should I ask for the rise? any advice welcome.