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All I want for Christmas is a bonus

5 Dec 2016

As the festive season rolls in, it has been found that a huge number of employees are unhappy with their current job situation, particularly when it comes to money.

More than 90pc of employees would prefer their employers to spend money on Christmas bonuses for their staff, rather than on a Christmas party.

According to research carried out by, 70pc of employees will be asking for a salary increase in the next 12 months.

This news coincides with the Hays Salary Guide 2017, which showed that almost half of Irish employees are unhappy with their current salary.

Not only are the majority of employees planning to ask for a salary increase in 2017, but – which surveyed more than 1,200 people – found that 73pc are already planning their exit strategy, with nearly 60pc planning a move in the next 12 months.

However, Orla Moran, general manager of, suggests thinking about how you can improve your current job before you decide to jump ship.

“At this time of year, I would also suggest that people take a step back, review their professional achievements and consider how they added value to their company over the last 12 months,” she said.

“Negotiation is a key part of getting a salary increase, so if you want a pay rise, then you should be able to prove why you deserve it.”

For employees hoping to ask for a pay increase in 2017, suggests you prove that you’ve earned an increase, keep the meeting professional and don’t fear rejection. Instead, find out what you need to do to earn one.

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Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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