One in six employees would never be able to pluck up the courage to ask their employer for a pay rise, a new survey has revealed.
According to the Ceridien poll younger workers are the least likely to ask for more money, while 81 per cent of over-35s would feel confident asking for a bigger salary, Online Recruitment reports.
Men were also found to be more willing than their female counterparts to request a pay increase.
Although young people may not be happy asking for more money, they were found to be very keen to know what other people are earning, with 72 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds admitting to taking an interest in their colleagues' salaries.
Karan Paige, chief people officer at Ceridian, commented: "There tends to be a strong correlation between successful companies and a reward strategy that has the correct balance between fixed and variable pay, with the variable element being strongly aligned to performance."
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