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 dipped slightly towards the end of the 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 forecasts for 2019 suggest that pay awards might be slightly lower than we have seen in 2018.
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
Updated with information on the Government consultation on strengthening pension protection when employees are compulsorily transferred from a local government employer.
Updated to include salary data from the December 2018 XpertHR Technology Salary Survey.
In Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and another v McCloud and others; Secretary of State for the Home Department, the Welsh Ministers and others v Sargeant and others, the Court of Appeal held that the Government's view that "it felt right" to protect older workers with transitional provisions when making changes to pensions for judges and firefighters was insufficient to defend direct age discrimination claims.
As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what were the 10 most important judgments in 2018 that every employer should know about?
Which employment cases will have the biggest impact on HR in 2019? We assess the likely impact on employers of upcoming cases on: the national minimum wage, shared parental leave, holiday pay, restrictive covenants, collective bargaining, covert CCTV, and employment status.
John Lewis Partnership may not pay its staff a bonus this year, despite having the funds to do so, as it prepares for continuing turbulence on the high street.
The last financial year has seen a sharp rise in the number of businesses fined by the Pensions Regulator for pension auto-enrolment errors, a freedom of information request has shown.
Many UK workers are falling below the poverty line and Brexit uncertainty may be making matters worse. Steve Herbert, head of benefits strategy at Howden Employee Benefits, believes HR professionals need to acknowledge the problem and provide appropriate support to employees.
The FTSE 100's six female chief executives earn only 54% of the salary of their 94 male equivalents, exposing a substantial pay gap as the UK arrives at Fat Cat Friday.
The business secretary is considering reforming national minimum wage rules to ensure employers are not penalised by the "complex" system, following reports that major retailers have fallen foul of the rules because of uniform policies or salary sacrifice schemes.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to pay and benefits.