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Should You Consider Resigning If Denied A Pay Rise?

The decision of whether or not you should resign from your job after having been denied a pay rise can be quite a complex and very personal decision which requires some careful thought.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
July 8, 2024

The decision of whether or not you should resign from your job after having been denied a pay rise can be quite a complex and very personal decision which requires some careful thought. Of course, it can feel disheartening to have your request declined, especially if you felt that you had valid reasons for asking but it is important that you consider several key factors regarding the whole situation before making a significant move because you do not want to act in haste and regret your actions at a later date.

You must evaluate the reasons that may have been behind being denied the pay rise and having a clear understanding of this refusal is very important to stop you jumping to your own conclusions. It may be simply down to company budget restraints, economic downturns or that your professional performance is not currently aligning with expectations. If the denial is based on financial limitations of the company then resigning may not lead to a better financial situation elsewhere in similar sectors and chances are that once the company reviews salaries in the future, you could be in for that rise then. Conversely, if it is your performance which is the reason then try to view this as an opportunity for self reflection and professional growth that you can benefit from.

Consider your overall job satisfaction and career prospects. Reflect carefully on your current role and the environment in which you work. Ask yourself if you are happy with your responsibilities, the work culture and with the people around you. A supportive and fulfilling working environment can often outweigh the immediate need for a higher salary. You should also assess your career trajectory within the company and if there are clear opportunities for advancement and future pay rises, it may be worth staying and working towards your goals.

You need to think about the current job market and financial stability. Before making any decision on leaving your job, research the demand for your type of skills in the job market. If your industry is thriving and your skills are in high demand then finding another job with better pay should be fairly easy whereas resigning when jobs are scarce will leave you facing financial uncertainty and a great deal of stress.

Explore any alternatives within your company or organisation such as flexible working hours or opportunities for professional development as this kind of incentive may enhance your overall job satisfaction.

Thoughtful consideration and strategic planning are essential to ensure that any decision made will positively impact your long term professional and personal life!

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