The pay gap between men and women in the financial sector is estimated to be around 40-60 per cent. Find out how to close that gap and get what you're worth, now
Get an idea of the market rate for your role by looking at job vacancies for similar positions online or in the papers.
Approach your HR department for a breakdown of wage categories. If youre concerned, download a form that entitles you to request key information from your employer. Visit equalities.gov.uk.
Have you done enough for a pay rise or highlighted things youve done well? Your argument will have more weight if you can cite specific projects and tasks.
Act as if you deserve more money firm belief in your own worth makes others believe it too.
Most women need serious practise at asking for more money. Remember, as long as you ask reasonably, your boss can only say no. Dont moan argue for a rise on the basis of your performance. Dont threaten to resign if you dont mean it.
What objections will your boss have if you ask for more money? Anticipate what will be said so that you have a good answer.
Ask to speak to your boss in person so you can both understand the situation and agree what can be done to change it.
If a chat with your boss doesnt work, talk to your female colleagues and gather support. If you feel underpaid or undervalued, chances are others do too. Lodge a complaint together.
A trade union can help you fight for equal pay. Theyll negotiate on your behalf and take legal action if necessary.