Our study found that approximately three out of four organizations target non-executive base salaries at the 50th percentile of the market
New York, NY (PRWEB) September 21, 2007
Buck Consultants, an ACS company and one of the world’s leading human resource and benefits consulting firms, today announced the results of its national survey of U.S. employers on compensation planning.
For most employee levels, average planned salary increases for fiscal year 2008 equal the average target salary increases for fiscal year 2007. Salary increases for 2008 range from 3.8 percent for non-exempt employees to 4.3 percent for executives. In fact, executives were the only employee group whose average salary increase changed from 2007 to 2008 -- with a slight decrease from 4.4 percent in 2007.
Buck’s survey, "Compensation Planning for 2008," was conducted in the first half of 2007. It analyzed responses from 415 organizations on their compensation budgets, reward program components, and pay for performance plan designs.
The largest proportion of salary increase spending is on merit pay, with merit budgets representing about three-quarters of total salary increase spending. Average planned merit increases for 2008 range from 3.1 percent for non-exempt employees to 3.6 percent for CEOs.
"Our study found that approximately three out of four organizations target non-executive base salaries at the 50th percentile of the market," said Larry Reissman, a Buck principal who directed the survey. "This indicates most employers are managing their total compensation costs very carefully, which creates challenges when rewarding their top performers."
Eighty-six percent of respondents report that they consider individual performance when determining the size of merit increases. However, Buck’s survey results show that the actual effect of performance on pay increases is modest, at best. For example, employers using a five-point performance rating scale (55 percent of respondents) report that the average pay increase for the highest performance rating was 3.5 percent -- given to the top 10 percent of performers. This compares to an average pay increase of 2.8 percent for the next two performance categories -- given to three-fourths of the population.
"In our experience, organizations need to re-engineer -- not just tweak -- their reward programs to achieve meaningful pay for performance as well as the return on salary expenditures management expects," said Reissman.
Other key findings include:
- Sixty-two percent of respondents have a separate promotion budget. Median promotion increases range from 6.5 percent for non-exempt employees to 10 percent for executives.
- Sixty-seven percent of employers offer one or more short-term incentive plans.
- Fifty-seven percent of respondents offer hiring and/or retention bonuses. Median hiring bonuses range from five percent of base pay for non-exempt employees to 20 percent for CEOs.
Buck Consultants, an ACS company, is a leader in human resource and benefits consulting with more than 1,500 professionals worldwide. Founded in 1916 to advise clients in establishing and funding some of the nation’s first public and private retirement programs, Buck is an innovator in the areas of retirement benefits, health and productivity programs, talent management and rewards strategies, and employee communication. News and other information about Buck Consultants are available at http://www.buckconsultants.com. Buck is an independent subsidiary of Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.
ACS, a global FORTUNE 500 company with 60,000 people supporting client operations reaching more than 100 countries, provides business process outsourcing and information technology solutions to world-class commercial and government clients. The company's Class A common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "ACS." ACS makes technology work. Visit ACS on the Internet at http://www.acs-inc.com.
Buck’s survey report, "Compensation Planning for 2008," is available for $200 from Buck’s Global Survey Resources, 500 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ, 07096-1533. Telephone 1-800-887-0509. It can also be ordered online at http://www.bucksurveys.com.
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