So snapshot of my story is that I have been with this company since 2014. Worked as a team leader for a year got promoted as a manager with great salary increment. worked the next whole year as a manager - took 14 months maternity, resumed back to the same role. 1 week after, a counter part resigned and I was pushed to fill in. I took 3 months to gauge what this role tastes like and agreed to take it on. By this time, it was time for mid year review where I was told the company doesnt do mid year promotions or salary increments. When discussed, my boss quoted around 15-20 % raise as per the market value. I agreed waiting for the year end PR. I have been promoted to this role(I have been doing for a year already) however I am given a 3.5% raise. Talking to my boss's boss, I am told nothing much can be done as the decision isnt his but the MDs. I have even asked him to arrange for a meeting with MD and he is hesistant. He is showing empathy to my case but doesnt seem to be helping in the situation?
What do you advise?
Leaving the job - I have thought over it, its just that I have been in this new role since last 1 year, I do not feel too confident to apply for this role elsewhere and havent been in touch with the earlier role since years. I feel I have been deceived as I havent been compensated for the job I have been doing for the whole last year for free??