A recent study conducted by staffing firm OfficeTeam shows 47 per cent of Canadian human resource managers say it’s common for their company to offer a promotion without a raise. That’s a 22 per cent increase from a similar survey conducted in 2011.
More than 300 HR managers at Canadian companies with 20 or more employees were surveyed.
In the poll’s sample population were more than 1,000 Canadian workers aged 18 and over working full-time in an office setting.
Fourteen percent of respondents said the practice is very common. 33 percent said it’s somewhat common, and 20 per cent said it’s not common at all. Only 33 percent of respondents said that, as a rule, their company will not offer a promotion without a salary increase, which is surprisingly low.
The study also asked Canadian workers if they were willing to accept a promotion that did not include a raise from their company. Fifty-five per cent of respondents said yes and 45 per cent said no.
How to avoid it
To avoid being overworked with no promotion in salary, there are several tips that could be useful.
Know when the budget is set, so that employers can’t use the excuse of having no room in their budget to increase the salary.
Be prepared by asking yourself what you’re doing over and above your basic job description.
Asking for time to think about the offer is always a good idea. Never jump into the opportunity without making sure you can handle the work. Evaluate its worth.
Get human resources involved by keeping a record of your discussion with your manager. It holds your employer accountable and ensures that you will revisit your salary in June.