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Pay and benefits

Sheila Attwood 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

New and updated

  • Transfer of undertakings: local authority

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated with information on the Government consultation on strengthening pension protection when employees are compulsorily transferred from a local government employer.

  • How to use a salary survey

    Type:
    How to

    Updated to include salary data from the December 2018 XpertHR Technology Salary Survey.

  • Age discrimination: Public-sector pension changes discriminated against younger judges and firefighters

    Date:
    15 January 2019
    Type:
    Law reports

    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.

  • Date:
    11 January 2019
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    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?

  • Podcast: Key employment cases for 2019

    Date:
    11 January 2019
    Type:
    Audio and video

    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 might not pay staff bonus for first time in 66 years

    Date:
    10 January 2019
    Type:
    News

    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.

  • Sharp rise in pension auto-enrolment fines

    Date:
    7 January 2019
    Type:
    News

    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.

  • In-work poverty and the role of HR

    Date:
    7 January 2019
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    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.

  • Fat Cat Friday: male CEOs paid nearly double their female counterparts

    Date:
    7 January 2019
    Type:
    News

    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.

  • Minister may act over retailers' minimum wage woes

    Date:
    7 January 2019
    Type:
    News

    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.