Editor's message: The pay and benefits offered by an employer will be one of the key factors employees consider when looking for work. In turn, an organisation's payroll is likely to be its biggest expense. It is therefore vitally important that employers plan their pay and benefits offer carefully.
For organisations needing to review and benchmark pay rates, XpertHR publishes a wide range of industry and occupational salary surveys, and provides easy access to inflation and other economic indicators.
XpertHR also collects and analyses pay settlement data, and our latest analysis finds that pay awards so far in 2018 are running above those recorded last year. In addition, we regularly survey employers about their pay plans and forecasts to give subscribers an insight into what other employers are planning for the year ahead - our latest findings detail pay award forecasts through to the end of February 2019.
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
Updated to include a reference to the Scottish Government's announcement concerning its proposed increase to the student loan repayment threshold.
In Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake; Shannon v Rampersad and another t/a Clifton House Residential Home, the Court of Appeal held that a "sleep-in" care worker in residential accommodation was not entitled to be paid the national minimum wage while asleep.
We examine the terms on which company cars and car allowances are offered as a benefit to employees.
We examine the provision of some of the wide range of benefits and allowances offered by respondents to XpertHR's research, including childcare benefits, long-service awards, charity days, location allowances, and standby and call-out payments.
In Flowers and others v East of England Ambulance Trust, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that voluntary overtime must be included in the calculation of holiday pay for ambulance workers with a pattern of voluntary overtime that is sufficiently regular and settled.
Card Factory, Odeon & UCI Cinema Group and Wyevale Garden Centres have been named among 239 employers found to have underpaid the national minimum wage.
A Labour MP is urging the government to end the exclusion of under 25s from the national living wage after it was revealed younger workers are paid a third less than their older colleagues.
Good practice guidance on health benefits, including the business case for investing in employee health benefits, which benefits are available, and what employers need to consider when providing the most common benefits to employees.
The Government consults on proposals to enhance the Pensions Regulator's powers to protect defined-benefit pension scheme members.
Unions and the Labour Party have condemned the government's 2018 civil service pay guidance remit and called for its immediate withdrawal while consultation and negotiations take place.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to pay and benefits.