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EMPLOYEE IN VERY GOOD WORKING CONDITIONS HAVE ONLY 1 PROBLEM, LOW SALARY

I am in my 30s, married with a young child and currently working at a company in an office role that I genuinely like.

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Some of the things that I like are – Working arrangements are flexible, no dress code, working relationship with the boss is great, doesn’t micromanage, the office is quite near mrt and the walking journey is sheltered.

The only thing is that the pay for my role is lower (by at least 20%) than what i know to be the market rate (based on input from peers and salary ranges on mycareersfuture).

I have reached out to my boss regarding this and he said that he will see what he can do.

Latest news was that HR is working out the numbers and have not gotten back to him. It’s been a month since I reached out. Given the recession, I would say that I do not have high hopes/expectations on the outcome. My wife thinks that I should just get out there and look for better paying opportunities.

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She is not pushy on this, which is great.

Is it selfish of me to not want to look for other better paying opportunities? My primary concern is having to give up my current working conditions in exchange for the increased salary which might not be sustainable (e.g. Harsher working conditions, not flexible, etc).

What would be a good % jump (in salary) in your opinion for me to heck it all and make the plunge to look for a new role in the great unknown?

Here are what netizens think:

  • The risk is that you could get paid 20% but then your working hours also increase 20%. And you might have crappy bosses/colleagues, inflexible working arrangements etc…
  • there is no magic number here. Most ppl jump for a 10-20% increment. But the actual workload, office politics etc can only be seen after you joined. So that is a risk. Some ppl deal with those better some prefer a comfort zone in current company.
  • If i am getting by comfortable already, I wont move. Its not about the money, I’d rather have all the working condition rather than 20% extra.
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