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Will your employer step up with a pay raise this year?

Aoibhinn Mc Bride

Aoibhinn Mc Bride

Content Editor, Jobbio

Whether you are buying food or filling your car with fuel, your salary is not stretching as far as it used to.

The Office of National Statistics has been conducting extensive research into the area and found that the lowest-priced everyday grocery items have gone up 17% during 2022, and a lack of disposable income has led to a 3% decrease in debit card spending.

Spending has decreased by 8% in entertainment and pubs, and 7% in restaurants and fast food, while private rental prices rose at record rates in all UK counties in 2022.

Once-off cost of living payments provided by some employers to their employees can momentarily help take the sting out of inflation, but more permanent salary adjustments are needed to make a lasting impact.

Bold move

In Japan, fashion retailer Uniqlo’s parent company Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., which is owned by Tadashi Yanai, has responded to the cost of living crisis there by announcing a raise in wages by up to 40% to help ease the financial pressure employees face.

From March, new graduate employees will be paid ¥300,000 (£1,892) per month compared to ¥255,000 (£1,609) now, while managers will receive an increase of 36% to ¥390,000 (£2,460) per month.

Low pay has been an issue in Japan for many years, despite its economy being the third-largest in the world. In 2021, the average salary was £32,200, significantly below the OECD average of £41,846.

Closer to home

Here in the UK, compensation continues to inform hiring trends with one in five (22%) companies saying they plan to increase salaries in line with inflation, while 39% will give a flat-rate percentage increase. That is according to recent data, which also found that 78% of business leaders are aware that wage increases are necessary to retain talent. A third of business leaders revealed that they are now more likely to make counter offers to retain staff.

What can you do if your current employer is not open to discussing an increase in pay or even acknowledge that inflation means in real terms, now that you are earning less than you did a year ago?

Moving jobs might be the best solution—according to data compiled by Indeed and Glassdoor, more pay is the primary reason employees look for a new job. This is compounded by the fact that those who switch jobs tend to experience higher pay than those who stay put.

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