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The dos and don’ts of asking for a raise in the workplace

Despite the fact that women and men do the same work, men still earn more than men. The Constitutional right to workplace equality has not ended this continuing trend.

In South Africa, there is a gender pay gap of between 23% and 35%, and only 32% of women are managers. In terms of the 2020 Pricewaterhouse-Coopers executive directors practices and remuneration trends report, the pay gap between men and women is still substantial.

There was a time when the wage gap could be explained with the argument that men had to provide for their families while most women are housewives. However, those days are long gone as most women are now professionals. Sadly enough though, this mentality is still used to silently justify the unequal pay.

Asking for a raise:

One thing you need to keep in mind when the day comes for you to ask for a raise is that you will not be there to about your colleagues roles. You should never compare yourself to your fellow colleagues.

You need to be clear about why you want the raise. You also need to be able to backup the proposed increase with tangible data. It’s also advisable to discuss your key performance areas (KPA) with your boss during the check-in sessions with your boss so that they are aware of the amount of work you do and are aware of the extra roles that you have been responsible for. This will increase your chances of getting a raise.

Dos and Dont’s of asking for more


  • You need to make the discussion about you
  • Make sure you have market data and KPA during your meeting with your boss
  • Learn a new skill, take courses and attend seminars


  • Act of frustration and anger
  • Name drop colleagues and their salaries
  • Stay with a company where your value is overlooked

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