Wow, a raise? You should feel lucky. I know of several companies that have frozen salaries until the economy turns around. (Personally, I think it's just an excuse to keep salaries down, but that's another whole story)
But we've had a good year and EVERYONE has got a minimum of 3% - so what does it say about the way this company values it's Key Staff? I'm the only one with any Oracle experience here and our 2 main production systems run on Oracle8i and all new development will be in Oracle ... ?
I am also in a simiar position to yourself. Have taken on lots more responsibility on Oracle Database and have also been given SQLserver responsibilities and Unix Admin responsibilities. I am also the only Oracle 8i Guy in the company.
I was not treated in any way special or even thanked for my years work.
I am pursuing 8i OCP at the mo' and should have it in February. I will then confront IT head with a pay rise request. If I don't get any joy he'll know my intentions.
Read the newspapers. Tens of thousands of people are being laid off every month, including high-tech.
I'm not saying you should be happy, but you need to take a realistic look at what is going on.
On the other hand, I would be very happy to get a 3% raise, this year. I am fearing that I might get nothing or even a pay cut. Or, even worse, laid off - not because of me or my work, but the company getting caught up in the downward economic spiral.
I had my yearly review and increase earyly in the year and got 6%. This is a little lower compared to previous years. We just got our yearly bonus. Usually it is equivilant to a paycheck, but this year because of the economy, we only got $225.
The problem with DBA work is that bosses often don't consider it productive work. There is little to see or play with at the end of the week!
If someone goes up to the boss and says, "I've coded 10 web pages this week!" they are called a star. If a DBA says, "You didn't notice but I increased performance by 1%" nobody gives a crap, even though that may translate into thousands of pounds.
The only time DBAs are really valued is when something needs to be done urgently. Recover an important database quickly and for a few days after you are God!
I heard in the press that a handful of big companies are making compulsory 10% cuts on all contractor rates. The company I'm currently working for is not giving any rate increases next year. Doesn't really affect me as I'm gone soon