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Facing a Cash Crunch, European Startups Rethink Their Approach to Equity Compensation

European startups have relied heavily on cash compensation to attract key talent, but in the current environment, this approach is unsustainable. To conserve cash, some firms are initiating exchange programs and exploring greater use of equity incentives.

Published: June 2020
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Rewards Solutions Spotlight: Using Data to Make Informed Decisions in Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a humanitarian challenge. However, its impact on the global economy, businesses and their workforces is also vastly changing the world around us. This Q&A offers insights from our pulse survey results, focusing on ways firms can use data to support their business for the new normal.

Published: June 2020
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Employers Are Doing Their Best to Avoid Layoffs

Originally published in WorldatWork’s Workspan Daily, Aon’s Liz Snyder and Brooke Green discuss strategies for managing costs to avoid layoffs or furloughs in the economic downturn.

Published: June 2020
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European Companies Accelerate Downsizing Efforts, but Actions Vary Widely by Sector

As the humanitarian and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to climb, organisations across Europe are taking big steps, including layoffs and furloughs, to manage costs.

Published: May 2020
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Venture-Backed Companies Face Difficult Compensation and Workforce Decisions

We recently connected with two dozen senior venture capital talent partners to learn more about how they are working closely with portfolio companies to address employee concerns, manage cash flow through equity exchanges, redeploy workforces and adjust sales plans.

Published: May 2020
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For HR Leaders at Technology Firms, COVID-19 Means Preparing for Multiple Scenarios

While technology firms are acting very quickly to support workers in the face of COVID-19 through enhanced leave policies and special stipends, most firms are taking time to monitor market signals before making substantial changes to their core compensation programs.

Published: April 2020
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In Response to COVID-19, HR Leaders Must Keep Life Sciences Firms Moving Forward

Whether your life sciences firm is on the front lines of responding to COVID-19 or not, delivering life-saving discoveries remains as important as ever. For HR and rewards leaders, this means moving swiftly to keep workers as safe and productive as possible.

Published: April 2020
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COVID-19 Creates Unique Compensation Challenges for Retail and e-Commerce Firms

From keeping warehouses and supply chains running safely to adjusting pay for employees interacting with the public to supporting workers furloughed due to store closures, retail and e-commerce firms face a range of compensation challenges not shared in many other sectors.

Published: March 2020
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How e-Commerce Businesses Are Scaling Their Workforce for High Growth

Using our survey data, we analyzed workforce planning and composition among e-commerce firms to understand how these firms are adapting their workforce for high growth.

Published: January 2020
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Technology Compensation Trends: Your Questions Answered

Our recent webcast on technology pay trends covered a variety of issues impacting our clients, including what pay transparency looks like and how to address hot jobs. We turned to our hosts, Tim Brown and John Radford, for answers to your burning questions.

Published: December 2019
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Our Top 5 Most Popular Articles of 2019

From salary increase news to job architecture and pay equity, our five most highly read articles of 2019 touch on some of the biggest rewards topics of the year.

Published: December 2019
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How HR Can Use Job Title Data to Ensure Consistency and Boost Retention

Compensation professionals spend a significant amount of time ensuring pay is competitively set, but relatively little ensuring job titles are properly aligned. We examine the prevalence of various titles across organizational levels and reporting relationships to provide a better understanding of how to utilize this data to ensure your titles — and not just your pay — are competitively aligned.

Published: November 2019
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Why Companies Must Take a Regional Approach to Compensation Benchmarking in Germany

As Germany becomes a bigger destination for technology talent, it has become more important for compensation professionals to take a nuanced look at fast-moving pay trends in the country.

Published: November 2019
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ISS Adds Climate Scorecard to Proxy Reports, Recognizing the Rise of Sustainable Investing

A new rating has been added to ISS’ proxy reports that’s focused on climate awareness. In this article, we highlight key components of the scorecard and its impact for issuers. 

Published: October 2019
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Benchmarking Hot Jobs: Software Engineers at e-Commerce Firms Command a Pay Premium

Demand for digital jobs is high, and e-commerce companies are paying a premium for key roles. In this article, we examine compensation levels for software engineers at internet and e-commerce companies compared to software companies and provide advice for how to use survey data to create compelling rewards packages.

 

Published: October 2019
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Top Five Trends in Long-Term Incentive Plans at Life Sciences Companies

Developing competitive long-term incentive plans that evolve and scale as your life sciences company grows is a critical element of any compensation strategy, but not an easy task. We highlight five trends in the development of long-term incentive plans we’re observing.

Published: July 2019
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Top Five Trends in Long-Term Incentive Plans at Technology Companies

Developing competitive long-term incentive plans that evolve and scale as your technology company grows is a critical element of any compensation strategy, but not an easy task. We highlight five trends in the development of long-term incentive plans we’re observing.

Published: July 2019
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Aon’s New Scorecard Tool Can Identify Potential Risks in Your Workforce. Here’s How.

Failure to attract or retain talent was listed as a top risk in Aon’s 2019 Global Risk Management Survey. Aon’s new Organizational Risk Scorecard helps leaders mitigate this concern by providing detailed workforce-related benchmarks that can help identify potential risks or gaps to be addressed that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Published: July 2019
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Compensation Tips for Global Expansion

Companies looking to expand their global footprint must wrap their arms around the complexity and multifaceted nature of compensation and incentive design. All too often, companies replicate their headquartered company policies as they expand, which can lead to a host of problems. In this article, we tackle some of the complexities of global pay practices and policies to assist businesses that are expanding internationally.

Published: July 2019
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Policies for Managing Pay in Volatile Markets

We interviewed leading multinationals in the technology industry to understand what policies are in place and what lessons they have learned when handling volatile external situations.

Published: May 2019
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Technology Wage Growth in Other Regions of the UK is Catching Up to London. Why It Matters.

Inner London may continue to be the central hub within a thriving UK tech sector, but other regional hot spots for tech talent are close on its heels.

Published: May 2019
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Developing a Winning People Strategy for New Types of Technology Jobs at Retail Companies

As retail companies rapidly integrate technology-related jobs to their workforce, they find hiring and retaining people with these skills requires re-examining their rewards structures.

Published: March 2019
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Technology Companies Pay New Hires More Than Current Employees for Key Job Roles

Salaries for newly hired mid-level professionals at technology companies are higher, on average, compared to incumbent employees. This raises concerns about retaining talent and unintentionally creating, or worsening, internal pay equity gaps.  

Published: January 2019
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2018 Global Mobility Survey Sheds Light on the Future of International Assignments

Here are seven key findings from the study that will help as you build or evolve your own company’s global mobility strategy and policies.

Published: October 2018
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Robust UK Life Sciences Sector Prompts Efforts to Curb High Employee Turnover

The outlook for the UK life sciences sector is optimistic with aggressive hiring and employee turnover on the rise. This is causing firms to reinforce their efforts to retain top performers. We explain the talent and rewards strategies companies should think about.
 

Published: September 2018
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Technical Jobs Continue to Command Hefty Pay Premiums; Here’s How Companies Can Prepare

Base salary premiums for technical vs. non-technical jobs, for both professional individual contributor and management roles, continue to climb at technology companies across the United States. However, the rate of change is uneven, which means companies must pay close attention to the market. Our article highlights where the market is moving fastest and what companies can do about it.
 

Published: August 2018
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To Compete for Talent, European Life Sciences Firms Burn More Equity Once Listed in the US

Life sciences companies headquartered in Europe have long used less equity compensation than their US peers. However, as more European companies list on US stock exchanges, and at earlier stages in their development cycles, a middle ground is emerging. In this article, we explore how US-listed European biopharma companies may encourage increased overhang and burn rates in Europe.
 

Published: July 2018
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Technology Sector Wage Growth in London Continues to Far Outpace the Rest of the UK

In spite of Brexit, the London pay premium for technology sector talent continues to accelerate, which is why our latest data from the UK underscores the need to constantly examine and reevaluate regional pay differences.
 

Published: May 2018
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What Every Rewards Professional Should Know About China’s Changing Workforce

For decades, China focused on rapid economic growth. Now, the emphasis is on grooming quality talent and companies. To successfully navigate this transformation, HR and rewards managers should pay attention to four big developments.

Published: March 2018
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Don’t Let Stale Survey Data Keep You from Being Competitive

With so many different types of compensation survey providers in the market— including a growing list of online, crowdsourced data sources— how do you know which ones are right for you? Our article outlines the pros and cons of different survey types and how to use survey data to its full potential.

Published: March 2018
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