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Turned down for a pay rise?

UK office workers are the most likely in Europe to look for a new job if they request a payrise but are turned down, according to new research by specialist recruitment firm Robert Half.

The research found that more than half (54%) of UK employees plan to ask for a salary increase this year. While a quarter (24%) of those would seek alternative employment if their boss said no to a higher salary, only 11% of employees in Germany and Belgium, 10% of employees in the Netherlands and 5% of employees in France would find another job.

Just over a third (36%) of UK employees would wait for the next performance review for a salary increase, compared to their more patient equivalents in France, where 62% of employees would sit it out till the next review, Germany (52%), Netherlands (43%) and Belgium (40%).

One strategy that employees can use to secure a result even when a higher salary is refused is to request something else, such as a different role, more company perks or share options. Yet UK workers are only slightly more likely to ask for alternative rewards (27%) than they are to look for another role (24%).

Phil Sheridan, Managing Director, Robert Half UK said: “There can be many factors behind an employer’s decision not to award a pay rise, including the economic cycle of the business or the need to do a complete performance review of all employees rather than one individual. It is worth considering the other aspects of your remuneration package, whether that’s more flexible hours, additional annual leave days, or a sideways move into a role that will gain you more experience, as these options could be just as rewarding.”