I started my job several years ago. I took a pay drop and a seniority drop because I wanted a part-time job closer to home. Over the last year or so, I have started to work at the grade that I left, but with no additional salary. Although my official hours have not changed I am working more hours and my role is now more strategic and carrying out senior projects. I’m enjoying the challenging role as this is the level I used to work at. I am, however, feeling a little frustrated that I’m obviously working at the same level as many managers but just not being paid the same. How do I go about trying to get my salary in line with what I am doing? Is a job re-evaluation the right approach and what evidence would I need? I would rather not leave, but I also don’t want to be taken advantage of. Any help/advise would be appreciated.
The best thing to do is to highlight in negotiations what you do, the experience you bring, how you are working beyond your agreed hours, etc. It is a good idea to write all of this down and go through each point and how exactly with relevant and timely examples of how you have been doing this.
I would start by asking to speak to your direct manager, asking their thoughts and how they could help support you to get to the next level (they might not know this is an issue and that you are doing the extra work). There also might not be a position for you to officially to move into, so this might be something you need to move into over time.
If you want to cut down the amount of additional hours/ work then you will also need to explain this to the manager to see if they can come to an arrangement, the manager might be able to offer some kind of acting up as an alternative. If not and you don’t want to do the extra work for free any more the manager will need to take some work away.