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How much should I be earning?

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At some point we’ve probably all had a sneaky suspicion we’re being underpaid and undervalued – but how do you find out how much you should be earning?  

Is your salary below, at, or exceeding the average, and does it fully take account of the skills and experience you bring to your role?

The fastest way to discover what you should be earning is Adzuna’s handy ValueMyCV tool – it’ll let you know how much you’re really worth to your employer.  ValueMyCV is the recruitment industry’s most accurate and up-to-date way of putting a price tag on your current CV, and could be the best starting point for negotiating a raise if you really are being undervalued in your role. But there are other ways to find out how much your paid – from looking at individual job ads, talking to friends or colleagues and checking salary data on a much wider scale.

If you want to get an idea of how much your skills and experience are really worth, follow these simple steps to find out how much you should be earning.

How to find out how much you should be earning

  • Check Out ValueMyCV – It’s important to have a good idea where you’re starting from.  Pop your CV into Adzuna’s ValueMyCV tool and it will calculate how much your skills and experience are worth to an employer.  You can use this as the baseline when you’re looking into what you might earn in a different role or company.
  • Check Adzuna’s Salary Pages – The next step is to compare your current salary with the industry average.  You can do this by searching for the job title you’re interested in and looking up the UK average on our Salary Stats pages.  Obviously some companies and jobs in some regions will pay better than others, but it’s always worth knowing where the middle ground lies.
  • Ask Around – Nobody likes talking money.  You’re not likely to march up to someone else in a similar role and demand to know outright what their pay slip is like, but a little gentle digging can go a long way.  Ask around tactfully and you’ll probably be able to gauge the pay bracket that other people doing similar work fall into, then you can see how your earnings compare.
  • Read the Job Ads – Do you think you’re being asked to do too much in your current role for the amount they’re paying you?  Check out what other companies are demanding of people in similar roles when they advertise through Adzuna.  If your bosses are expecting too much of you and paying you too little, it might be time to look at making a career move.

It’s hard to know exactly how much you should be earning, but the closest you’ll get to knowing for sure is with the ValueMyCV tool from Adzuna.  Picking up on the keywords you use to describe your skills and experience, ValueMyCV can calculate how much your CV is worth to an employer and flag up any areas where there’s room for improvement.

Once you know where you sit in comparison to the national average and what price tag you can add to your resumé, you can start to either haggle for more or start the search for your next job through Adzuna!

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