I have been working for a company for about 8 years with three people in the team including the manager. My colleague and I have same level of responsibilities. Our workload has increased tremendously in the past couple of years. I discussed the situation with my manager few times, to which the manager states, "We'll see what can be done".
I heard via grapevine within the company about three months ago that my manager will be hiring. I did not ask the manager anything regarding this unofficial information. Days ago, there is an internal job posting for my department; the job description and requirements match my current duties with the exception of "Senior" added to the job title and the salary level a bit higher than my level. The position is permanent as well.
My concerns: My manager did not discuss his plan of the new position or his expectations/visions about the department with the team. All I thought we need is a new person to augment the team and assist in offsetting the workload going forward. To me, the situation looks like a promotion or reorganization in the department. If this is so, I do not think it requires posting the job. It should have been an internal/departmental discussion, move up or promote one of us who are current staff, and do a job posting for a third or new person to offset the workload.
I am interested in the new position; it involves what I am currently doing and pays more. The fact that the manager is silent about it, and did not have discussion with the team gives me a concern. I'm convinced there is something fishy going on, or maybe not. Your thought?