One in five Londoners will only ask for a pay rise once they've had a drink, according to new research

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When it comes to getting a pay rise in the City, only Dutch courage can make it happen.

Everyone has their own ideas on how to approach your boss, but one in five London workers say they wouldn't ask for a pay rise unless they've had a drink, according to new research.

Despite the fact that Londoner renters already have a raw deal when it comes to wages, “can I have a pay-rise?”, and “can you offer me a better deal” are apparently the questions we find the hardest to ask, and can only do so when inhibitions are lowered.

The study from Carphone Warehouse claims that the problem is our own Britishness. Almost half agreed asking for things while sober is “not the British way”, while 39 per cent claimed they don’t ask certain questions to “avoid upsetting someone”. Over half of those asked said they would simply “be too embarrassed” to ask for more money if they weren't liquored up.

The study also found that people in London refrain from asking an awkward question an average of five times a day, but those with more experience are less afraid of confrontation, as the older we get the less afraid we are of asking the tough questions.

Rob Teemple, author of Very British Problems, said: "While there’s little difference between Southerners and Northerners, it’s Londoners who seem to be the most reticent to ask potentially awkward questions."

"It’s a relief to see that this reticence, across the whole of the UK, fades away as we get older… just in time for retirement."

But don't worry if you're not much of a drinker, City A.M. has a handy guide to building up the courage to as for more at work.

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