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Anonymous

11 Nov 2020

SeedlyAMA

Hi Glenford, do you have any insights on what is a reasonable pay increment for a trainee after the 12 months contract is up under the SGUnited Traineeship scheme ($2.5k) and how to ask for it?

I'm an NTU grad working in the media industry. If I graduated in any other year, my starting pay would have likely been at least $3k, but now that I've started with $2.5k, $3.5k seems reasonable like a reasonable asking. But seeing that all companies are now only paying $500 for trainees (with the government subsidy), I would think they would be unwilling to give such a large pay increment... Any suggestions on how to manoeuvre through this? Thank you!

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Glenford Koh

Glenford Koh

11 Nov 2020

Principal Career Coach at Workforce Singapore

Pay increment differs across industries as well as job roles. It depends on several factors, for eg, employee’s performance, company’s performance and economic climate. To support your case for a reasonable increment, ensure you focus primarily on performing well in your role during the 12 months of traineeship so that the employer can see the Unique Selling Prepositions (USPs) that you can offer to the organisation and this will help to improve your bargaining position. If the company doesn’t broach the subject of reviewing your employment contract 3 months before your traineeship is due, take the initiative to have a conversation with your immediate supervisor to determine whether you have a future with the company. Should they ask you for your salary expectation, demonstrate your maturity by telling them that you will entrust them to work out an offer that’s reasonable to both parties because you believe that as an established company with sound HR practices, they will be fair and equitable in offering you a reasonable pay package. If the company values you, they will definitely make an offer that appeals to you.

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