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Getting a Raise (sort of)!

October 8th, 2012 at 03:50 pm

I have a little extra time here for the next 20 minutes or so, so I figured I'd check in... particularly because I got some great news yesterday.

When I was hired on for this job, my boss basically said he'd be paying me for 20 hours/week through the university as per my GA contract. He encouraged me to work more than that, but said I was only obligated to work 20.

I've been working a whole lot more than 20 hours a week.

Because they pay my tuition, I wasn't particularly angry about it, but working 30-40 hours per week doesn't really leave a whole lot of time open to pick up any side jobs (or keep up with my school work). I have a lot of people asking me to pick up projects with them as a contractor, but not too much time to do so. I'm trying to work my schedule to change part of that... but over the weekend my boss sent an email saying that I've been doing a great job, and offered to pay me for 30 hours per week (essentially to make up for the stressful workload. ha).

I would be expected to work at least 30 hours, but of course I work that already. So of course I'm open to that setup! I'm essentially getting a 50% raise. So I can add about $400 to my monthly income. Seems like paying off that loan by the end of the year is going to be easier than I thought Smile

Just wanted to share the good news!

Today's spending will be minimal since I went grocery shopping last night-- $30 for the week, but I should have stuff leftover for next week. Really just have to cover the cost of mailing this book out, and I'm set. My schedule is packed tight with work, homework, yoga, and relaxation time. I woke up at 7am this morning and worked out for a half an hour. I'm feeling good as a result. Just have to keep on this schedule. Speaking of which, I should get going Smile

Hope you all have a great day!

6 Responses to “Getting a Raise (sort of)!”

  1. baselle Says:

    Wooo hooo! I'll bet that brings more than a smile to your face. Congratulations!

  2. snafu Says:

    I'm impressed that there is still an employer out there willing to recognize the good work of an employee and increase the pay. Was it legal to pay for 20 hrs work when you actually worked 30 hrs? Will you now be expected to work 40 hrs? Did you likewise sign off on hrs charged? I guess I'm wondering if there was any fudging of figures by your boss.

  3. pjmama Says:

    @ baselle: It certainly did Smile

    @snafu: It was definitely legal. I get paid through the university, so they pay my tuition as well. My contract only requires me to work 20 hours per week, and he explained that I am only obligated to that amount. At the same time, he encouraged me to keep up with a larger workload and mentioned that the extra effort would definitely be taken into consideration when I graduate and may be up for full time employment with the organization. I was hired understanding all of this, and would have kept up with the hours because they pay my tuition as well (so that's essentially $12,000 I'm getting paid on top of my hourly). The fact that he's paying me for the extra hours I'm working is great-- and it certainly helps out with my financial goals!

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    That's great!! Big Grin

  5. snafu Says:

    Sorry to be so cynical, I work international contracts and see so much 'fudging' and 'questionable' practices that lead me to question 'who benefits.' Laws and interpretations are different and I need to do better reminding myself that 'western' standards do not apply.

  6. pjmama Says:

    No worries Smile

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