Editor's message: Pay is the main building block of employee reward packages, and organisations will need to take the time to set salaries at the right level for their business.
Guidance on appropriate salaries for job roles is likely to come from salary surveys, while information on the value of annual pay awards in other organisations can be taken from pay settlement analyses.
When reviewing pay levels, you should bear in mind the level of the national minimum wage. Employers may also wish to conduct an equal pay review to ensure that their pay structures and rates comply with equal pay legislation.
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
A Manchester employment tribunal has issued a preliminary ruling against Asda in an equal pay claim involving more than 7,000 employees.
Women earn less than men throughout their working lives and the gap is widest in their 50s when they earn £8,504 less per year than full-time men.
Asda has lost an employment tribunal ruling in a case involving thousands of workers in supermarkets who sought to compare themselves with higher-paid men in distribution centres.
We look in detail at pay settlements across the private sector, as well as 13 industrial sectors, reporting on the level of pay awards made over the past year.
Engineering pay awards stabilise at 2%, despite shaky industry confidence.
The food, drink and tobacco sector pay awards held steady over the past year, matching the UK as a whole.
There has been a marked slackening in the pace of pay setting in the professional and business services sector over the past year.
Retail and wholesale pay awards have remained constant at 2% in the face of the introduction of the national living wage and fluctuating sector performance.
Pay awards slacken in the transport and storage sector, but some skills shortages prevail.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to pay levels and awards.