Promotion usually comes with a higher rate of pay or increase in other benefits.


In some companies you may need to apply formally for promotion


When you accept a promotion, you are accepting an offer of work under a new contract of employment. You must check carefully that the terms and conditions are still suitable for you. It is common for a promotion to include a requirement to work different hours, in a different location or to be mobile. A promotion can:

  • Be temporary - sometimes called ‘acting up’ due to
    • the absence of a colleague
    • a need for someone to do a role while a someone is recruited
    • a short-term project
  • Be permanent

You will usually (but not always) be paid more for carrying out the higher role. Temporary promotions usually happen more often in large formal organisations. In each case, the employer will have specific rules for what happens at the end of the temporary promotion. These rules will govern whether you will revert to your previous salary when the temporary role ends, or continue to be paid at the higher rate until your salary catches up through annual increases.