Sheila Attwood

About Sheila Attwood

As XpertHR's Pay and Benefits Editor, my role includes responsibility for the pay and reward content of XpertHR as well as overseeing the fortnightly email newsletter. XpertHR's core content includes the pay settlement tracking service, complemented by surveys, case studies and practical guidance on all aspects of day-to-day reward management.

In the 15 years that I have been collecting and analysing pay deals, I have seen pay settlements vary from years stuck at 3%, to a pay freeze being the norm. When monitoring pay settlement trends I am particularly interested in the wider economic influence, and impact, on pay award levels. The processes that managers employ to set pay increases, what motivates staff on the pay and benefits front, and how to develop the ideal reward package also keep my attention.

XpertHR's pay settlement data is frequently quoted in the media, and I have been interviewed about our findings on such outlets as BBC News 24, Sky News and 5 live.

Prior to focussing solely on pay and benefits I worked as a researcher on IRS Employment Review. I developed an interest in industrial relations which has transferred to the role that industrial relations plays in the pay-setting environment.


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Will UK pay awards overtake inflation in 2013?

Since the beginning of 2010, the median whole economy basic pay award has been worth less than retail prices index (RPI) inflation. With RPI predicted to fall slightly as we head towards the end of the year, are pay awards… continue

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Benchmarking your pay and benefits

The need to benchmark your organisation’s benefits and allowances against those of other employers may arise for a number of different reasons, from conducting an annual pay review to recruiting to a new position. The steps that need to be… continue

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XpertHR research reveals pros and cons of employee recognition schemes

Employee recognition schemes might result in employees being presented with a certificate, retail voucher or cash award. Whatever the form of the award, many employers now use some form of employee recognition scheme to encourage employees to “go the extra… continue

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How to choose and use a salary survey

Organisations often need to compare their salary and reward levels with those of their competitors, but where do they find this information, and how should they use the data they gather?
Salary surveys are a key source of market data on… continue

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Benefits and allowances survey – take part now

In the current period of low pay awards, many organisations are looking to their benefits package to deliver value for money for the organisation and as an engagement tool for employees. But what benefits do other organisations offer, and at… continue

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Budget 2013 – notes for HR

The Chancellor delivered his fourth Budget earlier today. XpertHR summarises the key announcements of interest to HR professionals, including the latest developments in public sector pay and the single state pension, and the new employment allowance.… continue

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How to follow a total reward approach

The concept of total reward embraces the tangible aspects of reward with the more intangible aspects of the working environment, resulting in a set of factors that aim to increase employee engagement and, therefore, business performance. But what exactly should be… continue

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Pensions auto-enrolment – the devil is in the detail

Organisations with staging dates during 2013 are well on the way to being ready for pensions auto-enrolment, a group of employers who met with XpertHR this week said. But it’s the technical details that are proving the hardest for them… continue

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Employers predict 2.5% pay award in 2013

Pay increases are expected to remain subdued for yet another year, finds our latest research into pay prospects.
Based on a survey of predicted pay awards for 343 groups of employees in the private sector, we found that employers are… continue

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Pay forecasts for 2013

After several years of economic uncertainty, how are other employers planning to reward their employees? You can find out by taking part in this year’s pay prospects survey.
Why take part?
By completing our confidential pay prospects survey, you will… continue

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