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MyOneandYoni Sun 23-Nov-14 08:49:24

Hello. I've been in my workplace for over a decade. I do over and above what I am expected to do and that is (kind of ) acknowledged.
However, I haven't had a pay rise (even inflation linked) for over 5 years. Just wondering how long other people have gone without a payrise?

iamthenewgirl Sun 23-Nov-14 09:22:39

Not me but DH finally had a payrise this year. Last one was in 2007...

Salaries do seem to have stalled. IME the people who shout the loudest get one in some companies. I would speak up about it. I'm sure most men wouldn't wait that long (except my DH!).

MyOneandYoni Sun 23-Nov-14 09:47:19

The trouble is - I'm not in the sort of workplace where you can ASK for a pay rise. The system is government controlled.
In fact, my last Performance Management I was congratulated on fulfilling all the requirements for NOT getting a pay cut.
We are constantly told how lucky we are to be in this job but the system of pay has changed recently and I was wondering if other people had experience of this?

iamthenewgirl Sun 23-Nov-14 15:33:48

I think private sector varies. Lots of people getting pay rises and lots of people getting nothing - not even an annual rise in line with inflation.

If you can't ask and want one then you're going to have to vote with your feet.

1981 Sun 23-Nov-14 16:04:58

Call a non-confrontational meeting with your line manager and ask them.

Explain your current situation (that you want to work on getting a raise), ask them what it would take to get one. You may want to prepare with some data on market rates beforehand, for similar (truly comparable) roles. If there's no money in the pot, consider alternatives (more holiday allowance? Flexi time? Choice of next interesting project?).

MyOneandYoni Sun 23-Nov-14 18:21:08

I'm a teacher at the top of the current pay scale. There is no more money in the pot. I would have to give about 3 month's notice to leave.
My pension has been changed since I signed up for this. There is nowhere higher to go unless I become a deputy head. (There are only so many deputy head roles). I want to stay in the classroom. The students like me and I get good results. Just feel completely and utterly trapped. (and screwed over)

Marlinspike Sun 23-Nov-14 22:30:58

If you are paid on the NJC payscale there is a 2.2% inflationary increase coming on 1 Jan, along with a bonus of £100 (£150) FTE for some scale points.

This is a 2 year (2014-2016) deal. the last NJC increase was April 13, and before that 2009.

All this was announced last week.

MyOneandYoni Sun 23-Nov-14 22:33:15

Thank you! That's really interesting. Will check with my union.

2.2% - just before a general election...

starving Tue 25-Nov-14 22:11:05

I couldn't tell you the last time I had a pay rise, maybe 6 or 7, maybe 8 years. All I get are pay cuts. I am now paying over £100 per month more in compulsory pension contributions. Thank you government.

iamthenewgirl Wed 26-Nov-14 00:12:58

Plenty of people in the same boat in private sector where you don't even know what other people are earning for doing the same job. Be grateful for payscales!

I was earning £25k in 2002, peaked at £31k in 2010 and back down to £30k in different jobs/companies. I have no idea how to earn more money without having a radical career overhaul/working even more hours/taking on an even higher workload.

The grass isn't always greener...

DH works for local government and also hasn't had any type of pay rise for more years than I can remember. His salary has gone down in value in real terms. It sucks, but there's not a great deal we can do - it's fairly safe, with reasonable benefits as he's been there so long so not worth looking elsewhere in the current climate. I think there's an awful lot of people in the same position tbh.

Lambzig Wed 26-Nov-14 10:02:49

2007 for me. I think others here have but going on maternity leave and working part time means that I seem to have missed out. I am told "its difficult with you being part time". Pretty fed up with it really.

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Wed 26-Nov-14 10:11:02

Isn't that illegal discrimination Lamzig?

I haven't had much of a pay rise in the last five years (about 2% in total), being at the top of my grade in the public sector. I wouldn't be surprised if this continues for the foreseeable future because the Government are barely reducing the deficit, never mind the debt.

DP is currently self employed and does various different things. The hourly rate for some work that he does is the same as similar work he did over 20 years ago shock.

happybubblebrain Wed 26-Nov-14 10:11:13

I've worked at the same place for over 12 years. I haven't had a pay rise for 10 years, nobody in my team has. I guess I am what they describe as working poor now, working for the government.

In addition, they constantly try to downgrade what we do so the difference between our job description and what we actually do is vast now. They also make the work more and more complicated and more stressful wherever possible, often for no reason.

In 12 years I've never once been late and I haven't had a sick day for over 8 years, just an occasional day off if my daughter has been ill. I've always done more than is required of me.

happybubblebrain Wed 26-Nov-14 16:47:39

I'm guessing nobody can beat my 10 years without a pay rise then?

iamthenewgirl Wed 26-Nov-14 23:22:25

happy, you're the winner!

Have some flowers and a wine. Mind you, will have to be Tesco Value....

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