I’m Underpaid Compared To My Peers. How Do I Bring This Up To My Boss?

“I’ve just found out that I’m being under-compensated. When I speak to my boss on this, should I bring up how my peer is being compensated vs myself given that we hold similar job scope / responsibilities?”


Unless your company has a policy of salary transparency or your country has an Equal Pay Act, using your peer’s compensation can be viewed as unprofessional and get yourself (where did you get that information?) or your peer (if he/she is supposed to keep his salary confidential) into trouble. Also, you want your employer to see that it is right for you to deserve a higher pay because of the value you have brought and can bring to the table. Not only because the person next to you is being paid more.

That’s not to say you should stay silent on the matter. Here are my three cents’ worth on navigating this tricky conversation.

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I Just Had Another Kid. How Do I Ask for A Pay Rise?

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“My stay-at-home wife just had our third child, and we’re feeling it financially. I’m thinking of asking my boss for a pay rise so that we can have a more sustainable lifestyle. Is this a no-no?”

Well, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous when employees come with a sob story (however true it may be) and use it to justify a salary increase. A company hires you to do a job for a price that you agreed on. It’s largely a money for labour transaction. Expecting it to compensate you for your personal issues is just not reasonable. If I have a penchant for expensive cars, I wouldn’t go to my boss and ask for a raise so that I can afford one right?

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The Obsession With Last Drawn Salary.


“Please provide your last drawn salary and latest payslip for verification.” In certain states in the US, and nearer home in Australia, such a request would be unlawful. Yes, that’s right. It’s against the law to ask for any kind of pay history in these places, but unfortunately in Asia, the practice is far too prevalent.

So why exactly does a company ask for your last drawn salary before offering?

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