HOW TO WRITE A LETTER ASKING FOR A SALARY RAISE

Are you thinking about requesting for a salary raise at your workplace?

Yes asking your boss for a salary increment can be one of the hardest things to do, but with a well written letter of request you’re good to go.

Before you go about that, the first question you should think about is

‘Who am I asking for a salary raise’?

Your letter should be addressed to whoever manages salaries for the team and make sure to keep it professional.

Examples of what you can include in your letter to boost your confidence when requesting for a raise:

Do a research on your salary

If you don’t have an idea of how much people in the same line as you earn (check the minimum and maximum salary range), your request might not have enough backing.

Choose an appropriate time

For some companies, salary increment comes only during performance review periods. Take time to go through the company’s remuneration policy.

You might also want to consider if there has been layoffs recently at your workplace.

Make a request

After making research about your salary range and picking an appropriate date, then you’re good to go. Ensure you’re as detailed as possible and don’t make reference to what your coworkers earn.

Appreciation for consideration

Don’t forget to thank your manager or team leader for considering your request even if you don’t get the response you were expecting. Negotiation is a process. Keep trying!

Here is a sample to guide you:

From Mohammed Isumame

Civil Engineer

Employee No. 125

To(Name)

Executive Manager

Company name

Subject: Request for Salary increment

Dear Mr (surname),

I would like to present my request for a salary increment. I have been working in your organization for the last two years, and I have always performed my duty wholeheartedly and never given cause forcomplaint. In the present economic circumstances, my salary is insufficient to support myself and my family, and I sincerely hopethat you will favorably consider my request for a salary increment.Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Mohammed Isuname

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