When it comes to negotiating a pay rise, it's not unusual to find yourself faced with an uphill battle with your boss.
But the tables could be turning in Asia as employers wise up to the increasing strength of the jobs market, a new report has found.
According to the 2018 Asia Salary Guide by global recruitment specialists Hays, a greater proportion of employers intend to boost pay — and by a greater degree — this year compared with 2017.
Of the 3,000 organizations surveyed for the annual report, 94 percent of employers across Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore said they plan to push up salaries in 2018, an uptick of 3 percent from 12 months ago.
Bosses also claimed they would be more inclined to give bigger raises this year, with an additional 3 percent pledging pay hikes of 6 to 10 percent.
Here's how the intended salary hikes break down across the five countries: