It may seem a bad time to think about asking for a pay rise, when companies are cutting back. However, this is exactly why, as a professional woman, you should. If your team has been cut you are probably working harder, longer hours, and delivering results on tighter timescales. That doesn’t even take into account that you are almost certainly earning less than the men on your team who negotiated for more from the outset! Factor in the costs for your company to replace you such as recruitment fees, training, paying a higher salary to attract applicants, and you realise the value they are getting from you, which you shouldn’t underestimate. Put forward a case for why you deserve a pay rise, focused on the monetary value you provide your company and where you have taken on additional tasks. Remember to emphasise where you have either saved, or made money for your company. Do some research on salaries for similar roles then make an appointment to discuss your raise with your boss. What’s the worst that can happen? Your boss could say no, but doing this exercise will show you your true worth and demonstrate you are serious about advancement. For more on pay and promotions see other stories here.