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I have been supervisor for 7 years and wish to move back down. I have been told I will get a 5% wage drop if I move down. When I moved up to supervisor I was not given a raise for the new position.

I have had a couple of % raises each year, as is standard in my company, since taking the supervisor position. I would have received the same if I had stayed in my lower position.

My wage is already lower than some staff who are not supervisors. I have worked as supervisor for 7 years on an insulting wage.

I accepted the supervisor position with no increase as times were very bad back then.

I have never signed a contract for the supervisor position. There is no union.

I am working in Ireland. There is high unemployment in my area so I can't walk into another position.

I feel intimidated by my manager and I am scared I will be bullied more or let go if I stand up for myself.

What should I do? Stay in the supervisor role or drop down and refuse the pay drop based on the fact I didn't get a raise.

To make this more appropriate...

What are my rights and my employers rights in this situation? Am I not legally entitled to refuse the drop based on no contracted wage increase for the supervisor position?

  • What is your actual question? – David K Jul 28 '17 at 13:12
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    Don't move back down and immediately start looking for another job. – Laconic Droid Jul 28 '17 at 13:15
  • Sorry. I don't know what to do. Stay in the supervisor role or drop down and refuse the pay drop based on the fact I didn't get a raise. – MByrne Jul 28 '17 at 13:16
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    How far in the "moving down" process are you? – Mariyan Jul 28 '17 at 13:19
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    There is little we can tell you. You seem to have all your options on the table. Making the final decision is up to you. – nvoigt Jul 28 '17 at 13:20
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Even if jobs are scarce in your area, the best option here is still to start looking for another job. The company is trying to take advantage of the scarcity of jobs in your area and the fact that you're making a request of them to try and save some money by paying you less. The sort of company that does these things is probably not the sort you want to be working for.

And besides that, even if you weren't being asked to take an unjustified pay cut, the cases where people successfully stepped down from a supervisor role into a 'grunt' role, without creating an awkward environment, are exceedingly rare. If you don't enjoy your supervisory role then your best bet is still to start looking for a new job.

In the mean time, do whatever is best for your mental health. This might mean stepping back and taking the pay cut so you experience less pressure from the added responsibilities while you're looking for a new position. It might also mean staying on in the supervisor role instead so that your financial situation doesn't add stress while you're looking for a new position.

I'm not suggesting that it will be easy to find a new job, but working for an employer who treats their employees like this is never a good idea.

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    And there is also the possibility of moving to an area with a better job market. – HLGEM Jul 28 '17 at 17:52
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If you don't want to stay any longer at the supervisor position and can take the 5% drop, move down. If you can't take the financial hit, stay at your current position.

I feel intimidated by my manager and I am scared I will be bullied more or let go if I stand up for myself.

In order to negotiate your salary now and in the future, you will need to toughen up and talk with your manager. Tell him how you see things and what value and experience you bring to the company.

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