EasyJet CEO Carolyn McCall says you need to do your research before asking for a pay rise. Advising people at MT's Inspiring Women conference, she said: 'I would not talk to other people in the company, I would benchmark outside at similar jobs. And then I would do it in an extremely positive way - how much I liked where I was, and then I'd say 'but I think I deserve a rise because'. And I would justify and rationalise it.'
Speaking yesterday, McCall also gave her tips for coping with difficult shareholders, like notoriously disruptive founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou - 'Grow a very thick skin and don't take anything personally'. She also gave us her advice on other key issues affecting women and their rise to the top.