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Q: “When I asked about a raise several months ago, my manager said no money was available for pay increases. However, I was recently told in confidence that a newly hired co-worker has a much higher salary than mine, even though I am our department's top producer. How can I tactfully tell my manager that I am aware of this discrepancy without revealing my source to him?”

A: If you focus only on your colleague's pay, your boss will probably reply that he can't discuss individual salaries, and that will be the end of the conversation. But if you are absolutely sure this information is correct, consider using it to leverage your own request for an increase.

For example: "The last time we discussed raises, salary budgets were very tight. However, I recently learned that our newest employee is being paid more than anyone else. Since I am the top producer, I think it would be only fair to revisit the topic of my compensation. When would be a good time to talk about this?"

If your boss asks how you obtained this information, the only honest response is that you were told in confidence. However, this may irritate him, so you'll have to decide whether to take that risk.

Employees are often uncomfortable asking for more money. Here’s how you do it: How to Ask for a Raise

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