uptitling
pp. Renaming a job with a grandiose or inflated title; giving an employee a more senior job title in lieu of a pay raise.
uptitle v.

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Have you been uptitled recently? ...

From a financial perspective, uptitling is appealing to employers, as rather than having to increase somebody’s pay, all they have to do is get a new set of business cards printed out, if at all.
—“Uptitling: Promotion without Pay or Responsibility,” Inari Media, November 30, 2008

How about “uptitling”? There’s no such thing as stewardess anymore; there’s a flight attendant. A secretary is an administrative professional. That sub is now a guest teacher.
—Al Bartlett, “1st rule when I’m dictator: Everybody be polite,” Tacoma News Tribune, February 10, 2014

Earliest Citation:
Workers are being given elaborate new job titles instead of pay rises, said a new report yesterday.

A lavatory cleaner became a technical sanitation assistant while a window cleaner changed to an optical illuminator enhancer, researchers found.

Firms are using the so-called “uptitling” to motivate and retain staff when budgets are tight.
—“Grander job titles but no more pay rises,” The Telegraph, March 7, 2002

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