Engineers worry that asking for a pay rise could cost them their job

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Nearly half (45%) of engineers in full-time employment are concerned that asking for a pay rise could jeopardise their position, according to the results of a survey published by recruitment company, Randstad.

“For whatever reason, a lot of engineers aren’t asking for the pay rise that many of them doubtless deserve,” Owen Goodhead, managing director, Randstad Construction, Property and Engineering, said. “It’s also a concern that nearly half of those surveyed are worried that even asking for a raise could put their jobs at risk. This simply shouldn’t be the case. It’s important that if people feel like they deserve a raise, they ask for one.”

Meanwhile, 63% of the engineers surveyed said that they haven’t asked for a pay rise at all in the past three years. Just 12% have asked for a pay rise each year over the past three years, while 25% of engineers have asked for a pay rise either once or twice in the past three years.

Asked what puts them off asking for a raise, 32% of engineers that responded said they feared their employer's reaction, 12% said the idea of having to work longer hours, 28% said the idea of having to justify why they deserve a raise and 25% are put off by the fear of being turned down.

Goodhead added: “The key is to make a clear and methodical case for why you deserve a pay rise and to back it up with plenty of examples of how you are adding value and why you will achieve even more if your salary is increased.”


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