A new survey by ADP® Research Institute finds half of workers are planning to ask for a pay rise this year, but women are less likely to say they will than men.
Half of workers in the UK say they are expecting a pay rise this year and 55% are likely to ask for a pay rise if they feel they deserve one, according to a new survey, but women are less likely to ask than men.
ADP® Research Institute’s People at Work 2022: A Global Workforce View, which surveyed around 33,000 workers in 17 countries, shows women in the UK are less likely to ask for a pay rise than men – with 47% and 64% respectively saying they will. Those who classify themselves as essential workers are more likely to do so than those who describe themselves as non-essential workers (58% compared to 50%). Those who are working from home (61%) are more inclined to ask for a pay rise versus those who work on site or in the office (39%).
Half of workers expect to get a pay rise in the next 12 months and more than a quarter (27%) expect to be given a promotion. Workers say pay is the most important factor to them in a job, with over half (56%) saying it is a priority, followed by job security (45%), flexibility over their hours (39%) and enjoyment of their work (34%).
The survey also found that on average, workers are working an additional 8.5 hours of unpaid overtime each week. This is less than in 2021, but it is still higher than before the pandemic in 2020, when workers did an average of 7.3 extra unpaid hours per week.