IT professionals are under constant pressure due to the demand for their technical skills. They may leave the company if they aren’t paid, which could cause disruption in their lives as well as at work.
Global Knowledge’s IT Skills and Salary Report estimates 64% of IT decision-makers and employees worldwide have left their jobs in order to get a promotion (28%), a raise (26%), or both.
It can be difficult for someone to quit their job. It can take time to send out resumes, interview, then get hired. Sometimes, getting a raise at work is easier than you might think.
How can IT professionals get the raises they deserve?
If you work hard and are punctual, your boss should give you one. It might work, but it isn’t always that way.
To justify additional compensation, you will need to present your case frequently. This could include a raise in your salary, more time off or attendance at a conference, seminar or training.
This article will cover four best practices IT professionals should follow to get the raise they deserve.
1. Set salary goals and expectations. Collect evidence and make a case. Get to know your management. Plan for the future
1. Set Salary Goals and Expectations
You work hard. You are a good friend. You are skilled and smart at what you do.
But is this enough to justify a raise? Consider how you have contributed to the company and how your career has progressed professionally before you argue for a raise. These points will help you get a raise, and could even impact the amount you receive.
Our research shows that IT professionals and decision-makers around the world report receiving raises exceeding $10,000 due to a new skill or certification. Before asking for a $10,000 salary raise, it is important to do your research.
It is important to know the average salary for IT professionals in your region with the same education and experience.
You can use online tools like LinkedIn Salary, Glassdoor’s Salary Calculator and Indeed’s Salary Index to see what others are making. Professional IT organizations such as (ISC.2) Global Knowledge or others can also be found that produce similar data.
There are many factors that can influence a professional’s salary, including company performance. This information is useful (see our second best tip), but it will be of great help in your case to add additional evidence to your particular situation.
Here are some steps to help you set goals and prepare for the unexpected.
Research salaries and job titles that are comparable
Data from professional IT organizations can help you understand the industry, including salary ranges, compensation, career growth, as well as other developments.
Talk to others. Connect with colleagues from other organizations on professional networking sites like Reddit or LinkedIn groups to find out about their experiences.
Create a salary goal to influence your request
Failure is when you give a random dollar figure to a boss and offer no evidence that it is yours.
Based on your findings, you will be able to set a realistic goal for a companywide raise. In case of resistance in negotiations, it is a good idea for you to have a backup amount.
Before you ask your boss for raises, make sure to familiarize yourself with HR policy. This will make you more confident when dealing with managers. IT professionals usually receive raises of 4% to 6%.
Add time to the conversation and ask
Time can have a significant effect on the conversation between management and employees.
IT directors might not be as generous if their IT team is overwhelmed with large-scale projects.