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How to find out what you are worth ...
How to find out what you are worth

Do you Suspect you aren't being paid enough? It's a common complaint, but to have a watertight case to take to the boss you must have your facts straight. There are several places where you can compare your package with that of colleagues on similar grades.

The Employers' Organisation has a range of information on current levels of pay. Researcher Nick Shasha compiles data on

50 benchmarks.

'I get the raw data from job advertisements and make comparisons based on the rates advertised,' he says. 'Regional breakdowns are available when the samples are large enough.'

Information is available for specific sectors, such as social services or environmental health. But the data only refers to the basic wage and does not include information about benefits.

Every year, the EO conducts a national salaries and numbers survey of chief executives and chief officers. Information from the 2003 survey on basic pay levels is available online. It is also worth contacting your staff association or trade union to enquire whether any reports or surveys have been compiled on your area of work.

Incomes Data Services carries out a local government pay survey as part of its annual report on public sector pay. The survey, now in its fourth year, benchmarks pay rates for key posts in 70 authorities. It examines the progress made on the implementation of single status and how councils are responding to recruitment and retention problems.

The 270-page report also includes full details of pay and salary structures for dozens of organisations, for example housing associations, the NHS and central government departments. This may be of interest to managers anxious to see how local government compares with other sectors.

Subscribing to the report costs£98 a year, so you may want to check it is stocked in your local library.

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