Category Archives: Recruitment & retention

Retail pay: an increase in higher-end pay awards

Despite difficulties across the retail industry, there was a positive shift in the number of higher-end pay awards in the sector in 2018. Nearly a quarter of all pay awards were worth 4% or more according to the latest report on pay and conditions in retail by IDR, with the proportion of pay awards at this level up by 5% on the previous year. Higher-end awards were found across the sector, in both larger and smaller organisations, with supermarkets leading the way in improving pay for their shop-floor staff.

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Engineering: higher awards drive up pay for manuals

Our latest survey of pay and conditions for engineering workers suggests stronger pay growth for manual workers than for white-collar staff and managers, driven by higher – often negotiated – pay awards. Recruitment pressures have also played a role, as well as staff turnover among operators.

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Call centre employers start to see upward pay pressure

This year’s survey of pay and conditions in contact centres has found that median pay settlements have increased slightly this year. Meanwhile, last year’s improvements in recruitment and retention may only have been temporary. Continue reading Call centre employers start to see upward pay pressure

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

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