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Pay awards/rises

Sheila AttwoodEditor'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

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  • Pay trends January 2020: Setting the scene for the year

    Date:
    23 January 2020
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    We round up the final pay settlements of 2019 and set the scene for 2020 with a preview of the new year.

  • Take part in our pay forecasts survey

    Date:
    23 January 2020
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    XpertHR is conducting a pay forecasting survey to gauge private-sector employers' pay intentions over the coming year, and would like to invite you to take part.

  • Pay awards

    Type:
    Indicators

    Updated to include the XpertHR pay settlement data for the three months to the end of December 2019. XpertHR will publish the next pay figures on 20 February 2020.

  • Pay awards: 19 December 2019

    Date:
    19 December 2019
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    This table summarises the latest pay settlements monitored by XpertHR.

  • Pay trends December 2019: Pay awards edge higher

    Date:
    19 December 2019
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    The median whole-economy pay award in the three months to the end of November 2019 stands above the level seen for most of 2019.

  • Pay awards: 21 November 2019

    Date:
    21 November 2019
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    The table summarises the latest pay settlements monitored by XpertHR.

  • Pay trends November 2019: Median pay award rises

    Date:
    21 November 2019
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    As we approach the end of the year XpertHR's headline measure of pay awards has increased slightly in the latest three-month period.

  • Forecasts for pay awards in 2019/2020

    Date:
    24 October 2019
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    Pay award levels have moved up from the post-recession doldrums, but now seem to be stuck at a modest 2.5%. We look ahead to 2020 to assess the likelihood of a further increase in award levels.

  • Pay trends October 2019: Pay awards remain robust

    Date:
    24 October 2019
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    In the three months to the end of September 2019 pay awards continue to hold steady despite the current economic and political climate.

  • Review of pay awards 2019: Chemicals, pharmaceuticals and oil

    Date:
    10 October 2019
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    There has been a downturn in settlement levels in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals and oil industry over the past 12 months, with the median basic pay rise slipping back from 2.7% in 2018 to 2.5% over the 12 months to the end of August 2019.

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