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With the possibility of a recession still looming over 2023, experts are advising worthy workers to request their raises now as there could be a limited window to receive that bump in pay. More lucrative salaries are an antidote for high inflation, however, the window for this could be gone by summer, according to CNBC.

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In a few months, people may not need to earn more money to stay in front of inflation, so if wage growth becomes higher than expected inflation rates, then businesses may be less generous when it comes to increasing salaries.

Overall wage growth for hourly earnings has risen nearly five percent in the last year. Just last month, 223,000 jobs were added in December 2022

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Since the unemployment rate is currently under 4%, it is possible that those numbers can shift later on in the year, meaning employees could benefit from asking for higher pay before anything changes in the economy.

One way to obtain higher pay is to be unafraid to move around and switch jobs, with those who switch jobs experiencing a 7.7% wage increase, as opposed to those who stayed put hovering at around 5.5%, Daniel Zhao, lead economist at Glassdoor told CNBC.

For those who want to stay at their current job, Julia Pollak, chief economist at ZipRecruiter notes that employers will be bound by new pay transparency laws in California, Colorado, New York City and Washington that would reveal the pay scale offered for any advertised jobs. Job seekers elsewhere can use the information provided by these locales to glean how much they should be earning in their own communities. 

If an employee discovers that they are worth more at another business, bringing these numbers to their current place of business could lead to a match or increase in pay.   

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Since employees are still more likely to quit a job that they are dissatisfied with now than they have been in the past, employers may agree to the raise just to avoid losing any more good people. However, if an employer refuses to budge, then the employee may need to be prepared to leave if they are not given what they want. 

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Savvy employees may also consider non-financial bonuses that may make their professional lives better such as more job flexibility or more telecommuting options.

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Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than 15 years of experience covering traditional and new media topics. She is currently a communications strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University — her alma mater where she earned a B.A. in film studies. Michelle’s primary topics of interest are arts & entertainment (TV, humor, theater and classic films are favorites), food and lifestyle. She also covers general news, business, beauty, gift guides and medical/health-related stories. Michelle also has a passion for conducting interviews with all sorts of interesting people. When not working or watching too much TV, she is a skilled home cook specializing in Puerto Rican and Southern cuisine, loves in-home entertaining and trivia/games nights, sipping Jack Daniels on the rocks and cheering for the San Francisco Giants.

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