Category Archives: Pay surveys

NLW leads to significant pay increases in retail

The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) in April 2016 has led to a 5.3% increase in median minimum pay rates for established staff across retail. Many employers have revised their pay structures to accommodate this increase, typically by eliminating starter rates or harmonising premiums for unsocial hours. At £7.20, the median rate for the whole sample equals the NLW, though food and non-food retail firms tend to pay higher on average than employers in catering/hospitality. Many firms are paying the new minimum to all staff, despite it being a legal requirement to only pay it to staff aged 25 or over. Continue reading NLW leads to significant pay increases in retail

Staffing pressures drive pay rises in logistics

Pay increases in road transport and distribution are higher on average than for the whole economy, driven mainly by recruitment and retention issues. Our recent survey of pay and conditions indicates growth in employment in the sector, accompanied by pressures around recruitment of drivers and retention of warehouse workers. Continue reading Staffing pressures drive pay rises in logistics

Lawyers enjoy higher pay rises

A recent survey of pay for in-house lawyers by IDR found that median salary increases ranged from 2.35% for qualified solicitors to 2.75% for deputy general counsels. We found higher pay increases in the private sector than across the public and not-for-profit sectors. Recruitment and retention issues appear to be muted. Few employers reported difficulties recruiting lawyers, with any such problems typically occurring at more junior levels. Meanwhile just a fifth of employers are experiencing problems retaining lawyers (generally at senior legal adviser level and below). Our analysis shows significant variations in salary levels by sector, as well as variations by region, company size, company turnover and PQE. Continue reading Lawyers enjoy higher pay rises

Graduate labour market recovers

The market for graduate jobs has become more buoyant over the last two years, driven by a recovery in private sector recruitment. This is one of the key findings of our survey of graduate salaries. The survey found that the number of graduate recruits rose by 11% in 2015 and is projected to rise by a further 17% in 2016. Meanwhile applications for graduate vacancies have risen at a faster rate, ensuring that competition for each placement remains stiff. Continue reading Graduate labour market recovers

Pace of change set to pick up in local government

There are significant differences between local authorities that have opted out of national local bargaining and those that follow the national agreement in terms of basic pay increases, pay progression and other terms and conditions. This is the overall finding from the Survey of Pay and Conditions in Local Government 2015/16 conducted by Incomes Data Research.

Basic pay increases ranged from zero to over 5% at opted-out councils, this compares with the 1% nationally-negotiated increase in 2015. Continue reading Pace of change set to pick up in local government