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40 LIFESTYLE FRIDAY MAY 28 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 These could include having more than 20 days of annual leave (30 per cent of employees want this), flexible work arrangements (79 per cent) or increased career progression opportunities (52 per cent). BE PREPARED TO LEAVE Jackson says a worker whose requests for a salary increase have been repeatedly denied may want to start applying for jobs elsewhere. If you are made an attractive offer that you are tempted to take, approach your employer and let them know this is what you are worth in another business you may receive a counter offer, she says. However, she advises against applying for outside roles simply for the goal of receiving a counteroffer. This can sometimes backfire when the employer realises the worker is willing to leave the company. a 6 per cent bump. Pay rises are driven by skill shortages partly caused by international border closures. So, apart from being in a high-demand sector, how can you best position yourself for a pay rise this year? TAKE NOTES AS YOU GO Career coach Jane Jackson says employees should take stock of work achievements every week. At the end of each week, take a look at what you did that was above and beyond the responsibilities of your job, Jackson says. Did you save time, money, streamline a process, mitigate risk, improve a situation? If you document them and express the actual result of your actions, then they will form the basis for salary negotiation when the time comes. PROVE YOUR CONTRIBUTION Jackson says the best way to highlight your accomplishments in a salary negotiation is to use the problem, action, result methodology, addressing each of those points when explaining the contribution. If that outcome involves dollar savings, time savings, processes streamlined and other positives then that will prove to your boss your request for a raise is worth considering. TIME THE CONVERSATION WELL If the business has been hit badly by Covid-19 restrictions, then now is not the time for this discussion, she says. However, if you know that the business is thriving and you are a contributor to its success then this is a positive sign for you if you can prove your contribution and provide tangible results of your efforts. HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN If the boss rejects your request for a pay rise, Jackson recommends asking for the reason and to revisit the conversation in three to six months. Ask what you would need to do to get to the next level in your salary, she says. If you can get specific KPIs (key performance indicators) documented by your boss and you meet them, then you will be in a good position for a raise the next time you ask. Some workers may also request non-financial benefits in lieu of a pay rise. The Hays Salary Guide reveals 22 per cent of employees plan to ask for additional benefits at their next review. Aggressive, potty-mouthed andhell bent on winning a thirdconsecutive Olympic gold medal meet the Aussie Steelers, Australias Paraplegic wheelchair rugby team. Sporting legend Kurt Fearnley nominated the Steelers, and his good mate Ryley Batt, as a highlight ahead of this years Paralympics. Fearnley, who anointed the fearless Steelers leader his successor as male captain of the Australian Paralympic team, says: Im just so excited. I cant wait for it all to get started and watching Ryley and the Steelers Ryley has been to the past four Games and he is one of my favourite athletes. World champions Japan, along with the second-ranked US team, will be Australias biggest threats during the Games on August 24-September 5. Batt debuted for the Steelers in 2003, aged just 14 and only having started using a wheelchair two years earlier. Born without legs, he spent his first 12 years travelling on a skateboard until a school visit by a wheelchair rugby player inspired him to take up the sport. The Steelers hit the court just 16 days after the closing ceremony of the Olympics. But before Tokyo, Australias best murderball athletes will compete at the Wheelchair Rugby National Championship on the Gold Coast from May 28-30. Streaming service Kayo will stream the championships. In all, 19 matches across both divisions of the championship including all medal matches will be live and free on their platform. In addition, Fox Sports will broadcast a highlights package. Wheelchair Rugby National Championship, May 28-30, is streaming on kayosports.com.au SPORT SELINA STEELE Steelers ready to roll and take on the worlds best Kurt Fearnley . TWO thirds of workersbelieve they should geta decent pay rise thisyear, but just 12 percent of employersintend to offer one. Although business confidence is increasing and the jobs market is heating up, most companies are still hesitant to fatten pay packets in order to keep their top talent. Recruitment agency Hays Salary Guide for the 2021-22 financial year reveals 67 per cent of employees in Australia and New Zealand believe they deserve at least a 3 per cent increase based on individual work performance and 26 per cent expect to receive this at their next review. Unfortunately, just 12 per cent of employers intend to offer this level to the majority of staff, whether part of an enterprise bargaining agreement or individual performance review. Hays Australia and New Zealand managing director Nick Deligiannis says he is not surprised so many employees are looking for a pay rise in the next 12 months. There are a lot of opportunities in the marketplace at the moment, which is very different to last year when most employees were just happy if they could retain their job, Deligiannis says. Thinking about career progression and getting a salary rise was shelved for many. Today, recruitment has gone up, there is a lot of vacancies in the marketplace and employees are saying we did the hard yards over the last year, salaries have stayed still, and now we have opportunity, we want to address that. Over the next year, 32 per cent of employers say their staff is unlikely to receive a pay increase at all, and 1 per cent predict a salary decrease. On the flip side, 55 per cent plan to increase pays by up to 3 per cent; 10 per cent forecast a jump of 3-6 per cent; and 2 per cent will offer at least MELANIE BURGESS Show us the money WORKERS WANT A PAY RISE BUT EMPLOYERS ARE RELUCTANT, SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO GET IT? WORK ADVICE SMART daily