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, which provide information on market pay rates for similar roles and organisations.
The majority of organisations conduct a pay review each year, whether or not it results in a pay increase for employees. Organisations can ensure that they are keeping up with the market by reviewing the value of annual pay awards in other organisations, using pay settlement analyses.
When reviewing pay levels, you should bear in mind the level of the national minimum wage, which increases in April each year. 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
More than half (58%) of UK HR professionals expect to receive a pay rise this year, according to a study by recruitment company Robert Walters.
The table below summarises the latest pay settlements monitored by XpertHR.
XpertHR's analysis of the latest pay awards for early 2018 reveals that the increase in levels seen last month is being maintained and many employers are optimistic about the year ahead.
Early indications show that the first 2018 pay awards rose to their highest level in almost four years, and now employers tell us that they expect this pattern to continue through the year.
Updated to include the XpertHR pay settlement data for the three months to the end of February 2018. XpertHR will publish the next pay figures on 26 April 2018.
More than a million nurses and other NHS staff in England will be offered a three-year pay deal worth between 6.5% and 29% in an end to years of pay restraint.
We look back at the circumstances under which central government pay awards were made during 2017.
Updated to take account of the General Data Protection Regulation, in force from 25 May 2018.
Updated to include information on the forthcoming Sporting and special events policies survey.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to pay levels and awards.