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
There has been little movement in the level of pay awards over the past year, but are things looking up for employees in 2017? We examine the pay awards that employers expect to make over the next year, and the factors that are influencing these.
XpertHR data for the three months to the end of September shows a drop in the level of the median pay award.
Our latest analysis of pay settlement trends finds that the median award has dropped from the level we have seen for the past two years, but this can be explained by sectoral differences.
As organisations start preparing for their 2017 employee pay reviews, XpertHR's latest research provides pay award forecasts for the year ahead.
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.
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