How To Get a Higher Salary In Kenya
By Perminus Wainaina
Last week, I was interviewing professionals for an HR role. Lorna was the last interviewee. At the end of the interview, I asked her if she had any questions she wanted to ask.
“I just wanted to know, why the salary being offered is quite low. I had expected it to be much higher for this position,” she said.
I took her through how the employer had made that decision. After my explanation, she had one more question, “If this is the figure many employers are willing to pay, how do I ensure that I get a job with a higher salary still within my profession?”
Have you applied for a job where the salary offered was too low for you? How did you go about it?
As a professional, what is your ideal salary? Does your employer pay you enough?
When you are looking for a job, how do you make sure that you get your desired salary? If you have been working at the company for a while, how do you ensure your request for a salary increase is successful?
Truth is, as you grow in your career, you need a job that pays you well. However, this is not always the reality. Although this is not always the case, here are reasons why you should not give up on looking for high paying jobs:
- Your next employer will consider paying you based on your previous salary – Most employers will pay you what you were previously earning, or slightly higher.
- It’s a measure of value – Your pay should be equal to the value you bring to an organization.
- Higher pay increases your self-esteem – When you have a high salary, you’ll feel your effort and work do amount to the general output of the company. This, in turn, can raise your self-esteem and confidence levels.
Do your reasons for wanting a well-paying job match any of these?
Is there anything that some of the best paid Kenyan professionals have that you don’t? What can you do to get to the same level and become equally successful as them?
Here is how you can get a high salary: