My responsibilities have increased but my salary is still £18K

I was hired as an assistant but am essentially an account manager – but my boss won’t look at my salary until my review

On Friday and Monday we publish the problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Guardian Money supplement, so 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 have worked for a small PR agency in London for a year and struggle to make ends meet on my salary of £18k. My employer has said she will only re-assess my salary once a year, even though my responsibilities and workload have considerably increased in the last six months.

I feel this is really unfair as I am doing a job I am not being paid for. I was hired as an assistant, but am now essentially an account manager. I am drowning in debts and worry constantly about the future. I appreciate that I am at the bottom of the ladder and that in five years’ time I will be earning a lot more, but I can’t afford to live on £18k for much longer.

Do I just carry on until I can work elsewhere or keep on fighting? Is it OK to tell your employer that you are struggling to make ends meet?

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