When is a good time to ask for a promotion?

You’ll need to take into account your organisation's financial health, your team’s current workload and your manager’s temperament to choose the best moment to receive a sympathetic, unhurried hearing.  

Bad times to ask for a promotion include when:  

  • Your company is in the middle of a recruitment freeze or redundancy process.
  • You, your manager and team are in the middle of big, high-pressure project or up against a deadline.

You should have more luck when:

  • You've just completed a piece of work that has made you stand out.
  • You've comfortably exceeded your targets.

But, even if you've simply been doing your job properly and long enough, you're perfectly entitled to want to progress. The message you want to send is: I've served the organisation exceptionally well where I am, but I could do so much more if I were promoted.

No one ever gets promoted by waiting to be asked, so once the moment is right, be bold and go for it!  

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.