Editor's message: Most organisations will conduct a pay review each year, which may or may not result in a pay rise for employees. Data on what pay rises other organisations in the same or similar sector are awarding will help to inform employers of the "going rate" for pay settlements. Ahead of the busy January and April pay settlement dates, survey data on forecast pay awards for the months ahead are particularly useful.
Some employers vary the level of pay rise made dependent on a measure of employee performance.
At the time of the annual pay review, employers may also want to take into account the latest official data on inflation and earnings growth, as well as conduct a benchmarking exercise to compare their pay rates against those of other employers.
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
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XpertHR data for the three months to the end of September shows no movement in the level of the median basic pay award.
Updated to include the XpertHR pay settlement data for the three months to the end of September 2017. XpertHR will publish the next pay figures on 23 November 2017.
Pay awards across the private sector are worth a median 2% in the year to the end of August 2017, but some variation exists by industry.
Low pay growth continues in the charity sector.
The chemicals sector, once renowned for awarding higher pay rises than others, is now awarding increases at the same level as other parts of the economy.
The construction industry has recorded one of the highest median pay awards of any sector over the past year.
More pay deals pitched at a higher level than last year as median in the utilities sector rises to 2%.
Engineering sector pay awards are flat at 2% despite more buoyant trading conditions.
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