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You have experience, dedication and skills. Yet however good an IT pro you are, somehow your hard work or the value you deliver is not reflected in your payslip. It could be time to ask for a pay increase.
Recently, I've written about reasons for getting out of IT and alternative careers, if you do decide it's time for a change. But you may be among the countless IT workers who want to stay on their chosen career path. And although the economy is still shaky, that's no reason for being paid less than you're worth.
Being on call
As soon people mention they are on call at the weekend or on weekday nights, I know the heavy price they're paying. There's nothing worse than staring at a phone at the weekend, knowing the minute you start to do something enjoyable, the blasted thing will ring. Anyone who has ever worked on call knows how that tension affects their time off. If you are one of those unfortunates and you agree to go on call, you should certainly be compensated for the added stress.
Captions: Jack Wallen, TechRepublic
I have skills in Linux that are relatively rare in my area. Because of that skillset, I can command a slightly higher wage. Many people with specific skillsets find themselves in this happy position — those with Cisco and Unix skills, and database admins, come to mind.
You have to think about this point in the context of a company's ability to replace you. Are your skills pressed out of a mould so that anyone in your organization could do your job? Or do you have skills that no one else could cover? If that's the case, you deserve a rise.
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