Editor's message: Most organisations will conduct a pay review each year, which may or may not result in a pay rise for employees.
At the time of your organisation's annual pay review, data on the pay rises that other organisations in the same and similar sectors are awarding can be invaluable - indicating the "going rate" for pay settlements - and you are also likely to want to take the latest official data on inflation and earnings growth into account. Ahead of the busy January and April pay settlement dates, information on the pay awards that employers are forecasting for the months ahead is likely to be particularly useful.
Some employers vary the level of pay rise they make dependent on a measure of employee performance. In addition to being a mechanism to reward high-performing employees, this can help create a high-performing culture within your organisation.
XpertHR is currently investigating the likely level of pay awards in 2019 - you can take part in our survey here.
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
Wage growth in the UK is at its highest in almost 10 years, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Our analysis of pay awards in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals and oil sector over the past year finds them among some of the highest across the economy.
Pay settlements in the construction sector have remained stable over the past year, although some of the industry-wide deals have resulted in more generous awards.
Wage rises in the hotels, catering and leisure sector have kept up with those across the economy as a whole, with many employees gaining from increases to the national minimum wage rates.
Pay awards in the information and communication sector have risen over the past year, with pay awards based on performance giving rise to particularly healthy increases.
Pay awards in the professional and business services sector have not kept pace with those in other sectors of the economy, our analysis of pay settlements over the past year finds.
We round up the state of pay bargaining over the past year in each of the key industries of the economy.
Manufacturing employers have awarded pay rises in excess of those seen in recent years, our review of the past year finds.
Transport and storage sector pay awards have been set at a relatively buoyant 3% over the past year, XpertHR's analysis finds.
The utilities sector regains its place as the sector making the highest pay awards over the past year.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to pay awards/rises.