Half of retail and care staff fail to negotiate salaries


Retail and care workers are among the least likely groups of staff to negotiate on their salaries, according to a new study.

A report has found that 60% of social care staff do not know how to ask their employer for a pay rise while a further 50% revealed that they have never negotiated on parts of a job offer.  

Just under 50% of both retail and manufacturing staff admitted to not knowing how to ask for a pay rise.

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Meanwhile, 40% of engineering employees and 38% of distribution workers said they did not know how.

The report, by job site CV-Library, surveyed 1,200 British professionals and found that 55% of social care workers have not received a pay rise in the last 12-18 months.

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: “Our survey highlights that a natural fear around bringing up the subject of pay is holding many social care professionals back in their careers. Being able to negotiate a pay rise will not only bring you financial reward, but the sense of achievement and increased morale in the workplace.  

“If you do feel nervous about discussing your pay with your boss, I’d advise doing your research before approaching them. Find out what other employers are offering for similar positions, or even what your own employer’s range is for new hires. Determining your worth is the first step towards knowing how to ask for a pay rise.” 

The report claimed that care workers are in a strong position for negotiating pay currently.

In spite of uncertainty in the job market as a result of Brexit negotiations, salaries for new social care jobs have risen by a steady 1.2% since last year. This suggests that candidates who don’t know how to ask for a pay rise could be missing out on the chance to improve their job offer.  

Biggins added: “In the current UK job market, it’s important to be aware of your worth. With Brexit imminent and unemployment being at its lowest in fifty years, businesses are desperate to not only attract top talent, but hold on to the employees that they’ve got. So, if you’re after a pay rise, now’s the time to start negotiations.”

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