The Great British Pay Rise Survey

The issue of pay rises in the workplace is rarely far from the news, or our collective minds. From the lop-sided male v female BBC pay scale, to the wild increases of city-slickers at a time of recession, pay rises are quite rightly a divisive subject.

What the press foists upon us is one thing, but we were keen to gauge the views of the British workforce itself, and how they felt the pay rise debate really played out at ground level.

  • Men are three times more likely to have flirted with their boss for a pay rise
  • Both sexes prefer to ask a boss of their own gender for a rise
  • Over 50% of people believe upper classes have an advantage when it comes to pay rises
  • 40% don’t believe performance is the main key to a pay rise

Our survey of 1500 tax-paying British adults looks at how the public judges the pay rise issue, away from the stories dominating the newspaper headlines.


Is it okay to flirt?

1 in 3 men find it acceptable to flirt with their boss in order to improve their chances of a pay rise, and 40% admit to having done so. This compares to a mere 12% of women finding flirtation acceptable, with 20% confessing to have employed such a tactic. We also learned the difference in flirtatious behavior in relation to geographical location. Men in London are 20% more likely to flirt than women in the same area.


Male v female bosses

A whopping 69% of men believe it’s easier to ask a male boss for a pay rise than a female boss. In contrast, 60% of women find it easier…

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