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Pay levels and awards

Sheila AttwoodEditor's message: Pay is the main building block of employee reward packages, and organisations will need to take the time to set salaries at the right level for their business. Guidance on appropriate salaries for job roles is likely to come from salary surveys, which provide information on market pay rates for similar roles and organisations.

The majority of organisations conduct a pay review each year, whether or not it results in a pay increase for employees. Organisations can ensure that they are keeping up with the market by reviewing the value of annual pay awards in other organisations, using pay settlement analyses.

When reviewing pay levels, you should bear in mind the level of the national minimum wage, which increases in April each year. Employers may also wish to conduct an equal pay review to ensure that their pay structures and rates comply with equal pay legislation.

Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice

New and updated

  • Type:
    Legal timetable

    Updated to reflect that the draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2019 have been finalised.

  • Forecasts for pay awards in 2019

    Date:
    21 March 2019
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    Pay awards have risen at the start of 2019, but do employers expect to maintain these higher settlements as the year progresses?

  • Pay trends March 2019: Pay awards back to norm

    Date:
    21 March 2019
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    We present our findings on the level of pay awards in the first couple of months of 2019, as well as look ahead to what we can expect from pay setters over the remainder of the year.

  • Pay awards: 21 March 2019

    Date:
    21 March 2019
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    The table summarises the latest pay settlements monitored by XpertHR.

  • Pay awards

    Type:
    Indicators

    Updated to include the XpertHR pay settlement data for the three months to the end of February 2019. XpertHR will publish the next pay figures on 25 April 2019.

  • Coming soon to XpertHR

    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Updated to include information on the forthcoming Sickness absence rates and costs survey.

  • Low Pay Commission consults on national minimum wage

    Type:
    Consultations

    The Low Pay Commission consults on the national minimum wage to assist it in compiling its report for the Government on future upratings of the national minimum wage.

  • Average earnings

    Type:
    Indicators

    Updated to include official earnings data from the ONS for January 2019, and forecasts from XpertHR. The next ONS release date is 16 April 2019.

  • The national minimum wage

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to reflect that the Low Pay Commission has published a consultation seeking evidence to inform its 2019 report.

  • Date:
    18 March 2019
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Every April, HR professionals are faced with a raft of amended employment laws and deadlines for their organisation to meet. Important issues in April 2019 include changes to the law on payslips and the usual increases to the national minimum wage, maternity pay and redundancy payments. Large employers should also be working on their second gender pay gap report and their latest modern slavery statement. Meanwhile, the impact of Brexit on EEA nationals continues to be a major issue.

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