I wish my hubby would ask for a raise already. He works in commercial refrigeration. He is the only one in his company who also knows HVAC. He is in charge of the hiring of employees on the hvac side and is the one who coordinates all hvac services and installs. His boss does not even know hvac. The company did not do that at all until they hired hubby 3 years ago.
His boss has asked how much he pays him before and said he needs to give him a raise but he's never done it. The other day they had this conversation:
Hubby: wow, I think I'm a little high. You'd have to fire me for doing drugs on the job right now (totally joking btw)
Boss: why? What have you been doing?
Hubby: using pvc cement in the attic has really gone to my head
Boss: *laughs* oh I could never fire you even if you were doing drugs up there. And if I did get mad and fire you I would regret it and hire you back in 5 minutes.
The thing is he hasn't gotten a raise in 3 years. He recently found out that someone who is a "grunt" (aka has no certificiations and no schooling or knowledge in the field) gets paid more than he does!
At this point he is looking for a new job. With his certificiations and such he should be getting about $8/hour more and while we aren't living paycheck to paycheck yet things aren't easy either. He has a couple of other job offers as well he is still talking to people about. Apparently it's not common for people to know both commercial refrigeration and HVAC and HVAC techs are in high demand right now.
Do you think he should ask for a raise?