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.
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
Updated to reflect the increase to the statutory maternity pay rate from 5 April 2020.
The table summarises the latest pay settlements monitored by XpertHR.
At the start of 2020 pay awards have fallen to their lowest level in more than a year, and employers tell us that they expect settlements to remain subdued through the months ahead.
In April 2020 the national living wage will see its biggest ever increase. Here employers tell us what this means for their pay awards in the year ahead.
Updated to flag up that this letter can be used if you need to implement a pay freeze as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Updated to include the XpertHR pay settlement data for the three months to the end of February 2020. XpertHR will publish the next pay figures on 23 April 2020.
Updated to flag up that this letter can be used to ask staff to take a pay cut to avoid redundancies as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Updated to include the details of three new pay awards across the sector.
Updated to include the details of two new pay awards across the sector.
Updated to include the details of five new pay awards across the sector.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to pay awards/rises.