I hate haggling. What help can I get with pay negotiations?

If you are a member of a trade union, this is where all those subs really start paying off! Your union should have a level of expertise both in terms of negotiating skills and knowledge of pay levels in your chosen industry and can help you build a case. If your employer is willing, you may even be able to join your pay meeting with your boss.

In many workplaces that have a recognised union, pay negotiations are handled collectively, rather than pitting everyone individually against their employer in a battle for money. Collective bargaining is where trade unions really come into their own. Every year, unions and their trained negotiators help win pay rises for their members. And it works! Standing together makes a better case for everyone. Union members on average are paid more than their non-unionised counterparts (almost 20% more in the public sector). Not a member of a union? Use our Union Finder tool to see which one is best for you.

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.