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Engineers worry that asking for a pay rise could jeopardise their positions

Pay fears

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

The survey of 310 engineers found that 45% shared this concern.

Nearly two thirds - 63% - of the engineers surveyed said that they haven’t asked for a pay rise at all in the past three years.

By contrast, 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, Randstad said that engineers responded as follows:

  • 32% fear their employer’s reaction
  • 12% dislike the idea of having to work longer hours
  • 28% feared the idea of having to justify why they deserve a raise
  • 25% were put off by the fear of being turned down

“For whatever reason, a lot of engineers aren’t asking for the pay rise that many of them doubtless deserve.” said Randstad construction, property and engineering managing director Owen Goodhead.

“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,” he added. “This simply shouldn’t be the case. It’s important that if people feel like they deserve a raise, they ask for one.

“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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