How to position asking for a payrise when working part-time

(6 Posts)
muchovino Sat 09-May-15 14:41:54

I work in sales and took on extra responsibility last year including recruiting and managing a small team, had pay increase and had to change hours from 20 hours over 3 days up to 30 but working every day. Apart from the pay increase, this is far from ideal as I feel I am not spending enough time/getting enough done at work with bitty days/not enough time at home (same old, same old, I know!) Anyway I can't do any more hours and am really fed up as having to do loads of stuff out of work to keep on top of things, there are just not enough hours in the day and I permanently feel shattered. I have performed well and set a good example etc and feel another payrise is justified but need advice on how to position it - basically I want to say "you get all this effort and more, I need a payrise or this really isn't worth the effort". I don't want to sound whiney and appear that as a part-timer I can't cope, but basically a payrise will be the only thing that will stop me from leaving as there will never be enough hours to do my role (back in the old days BC I used to do it full-time and it was all consuming!) wine TIA smile

flowery Sat 09-May-15 15:31:26

"I..am really fed up as having to do loads of stuff out of work to keep on top of things, there are just not enough hours in the day and I permanently feel shattered"

I'm confused. How do you think a payrise will help this situation?

Pay is usually based on one or more of several things, usually boiling down to - hours spent, level of responsibility, results, market rate. You've obviously had the requisite increase commensurate with the increase in your hours, so if you feel a further increase is justified, you'll need to demonstrate that you have taken on a higher level of responsibility and/or are achieving higher results, and/or are underpaid compared to the market rate for your job, or others in the same company doing an equivalent job.

None of that advice is specific to part timers, because IMO there's no difference in how to approach for an increase depending on how many hours someone works.

Work out what your justification is, research it and get your evidence together, then approach your boss for a conversation.

muchovino Sat 09-May-15 15:48:24

Thanks flowery, there's not much I can do about the situation so a payrise will make things more bearable, if nothing is forthcoming I will look at doing something else as currently not worth all the stress and hassle. I will put the information and speak to my boss!

snowgirl1 Sat 09-May-15 16:00:04

It sounds like you're working part-time in the office (or out at client meetings or whatever) and then additional hours from home, so why not explain that whilst you're working part-time in the office, you're actually working (more than?) full-time taking into account the additional hours you do from home and you'd like your contract (and salary) to reflect that you do 30 hours in the office and 8 hours (say) from home each week?

Alternatively, are there tasks (e.g. admin tasks) you could suggest could be hived off from your role and a new part-time role be created allowing you to work 30 hours?

Unexpected Sat 09-May-15 16:20:02

The thing is, payrises usually don't improve the situation because you will still be over-worked, stressed and shattered. It may make a short-term difference but 6 months down the line, you will still feel the same. If you are paid at an appropriate level at the moment, you need to be looking at other options such as moving to a job share or training up some of your team to take on some of the extra work you are doing. There's no point in having extra money if you haven't got time to enjoy it.

muchovino Sat 09-May-15 18:08:44

Thank you for all your wise words...flowers

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