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Staff Demand pay rises


New research from recruitment specialist Robert Half UK ( reveals that half (49%) of UK workers intend to ask their boss for a pay rise in the next 12 months, but over a third (34%) have delayed asking their boss for an increase for fear of rejection.

Men are more likely than women to ask their boss for a salary hike (56% versus 44%) while workers between the ages of 25 and 34 are the most likely to ask for a pay rise (58%), according to the research.

Of those workers who were denied a pay rise, over half (55%) started looking for another job and one in five (18%) admitted to starting their job search within a week of the initial rejection.
“Record employment rates in 2019 have placed added pressure on employers. The war for talent shows no sign of slowing down and talented employees will be fielding multiple job offers,” comments Matt Weston, Managing Director, Robert Half UK.

“Therefore, employers will need to consider their options when they’re retaining top talent.  As our 2020 Salary Guide highlights a competitive remuneration package is the cornerstone to any offer, but employees are also receptive to other benefits.  Flexible working, health and wellbeing perks and training opportunities are increasingly popular with employees and should be considered as part of any offer to retain a talented member of staff.”

The Robert Half UK 2020 Salary Guide can be downloaded from

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