I’ve been asked to cover a senior role. Should I ask for more pay?

A senior colleague is going on maternity leave. I am not sure whether I should ask for a salary increase while covering her job

Each Friday and Monday we publish the problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Guardian Money supplement so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy’s own insights. Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts?

I work in the financial industry and have been asked to act up for my colleague who is due to go on maternity leave in July. I am excited to obtain the experience to work in a more senior role. However, I am not sure of the protocol regarding pay and reward.

Should I be asking for an increase in salary to cover the period she is away and if so, what percentage increase should it be? Or when you are asked to act up does your employer expect you to do it at your current salary?

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