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How to Improve Market Competitiveness Through Local Pay Data

We’ve developed a list of six tips to keep in mind when considering how to use geographic pay differentials.

Published: October 2018
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When Your Sales Mobility Program Is Stuck in a Compensation Rut

Internal sales mobility moves are on the rise, driven by factors such as career development. However, these situations can be complicated from a compensation standpoint. We provide tips for companies encountering these situations, including whether to adopt a formal mobility program.
 

Published: October 2018
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SEC Takes Closer Look at Conflicts of Interest at Proxy Advisory Firms

The SEC has ramped up its scrutiny of proxy advisory firms when, earlier this month, the agency made the unusual decision to rescind the findings from two No Action Letters that were issued by SEC staff in 2004. The letters asserted that investment advisers could rely on proxy advisory firms’ maintenance of policies and procedures to alleviate potential conflicts of interest. We explain the potential implications of the latest action for the corporate governance community.
 

Published: September 2018
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U.S. Salary Increase Survey Projects Base Pay Will Rise, Total Cash Comp Will Drop in 2019

While overall salary may be projected to rise in 2019, however, workers in the U.S. shouldn’t expect to bring home more in total cash compensation next year.

Published: September 2018
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10 Steps to a Successful Sales Compensation Plan

Across many industries, sales compensation costs are consistently rising, while quota achievement levels continue to drop. You probably ask yourself these types of questions on a frequent basis: Do I have the right sales team in place to achieve my goals? And do I have the right measurements in place to know if my sales plan is even working? Following these 10 steps will maximize the performance of your sales force.

Published: September 2018
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What to Consider When Calculating Your CEO Pay Ratio in Year 2

Deciding whether to re-identify your median employee is a key question going into the second year of CEO pay ratio disclosures. We explain when the SEC requires companies to re-identify the median employee and the circumstances under which it’s not required but a good idea.

Published: September 2018
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Year-Over-Year Executive Compensation Trends to Help You Plan for 2019

As we approach the end of the year and companies are busy preparing compensation plans for 2019, we wanted to dig a little deeper and share the year-over-year executive compensation trends among various job families across different components of pay.

Published: September 2018
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Competitiveness of Compensation Packages Tops List of 2018 Executive Compensation Priorities

Aon’s recently released 2018 Hot Topics in Executive Compensation survey provides executive compensation professionals a pulse on what’s on the mind of other professionals in the field so you do not feel like you’re on an island.

Published: September 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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How Health and Wellness Policies Affect Employee Performance: A Case Study

Our recent work with a pharmaceutical client to quantify the impact of their health and wellness programs on performance is an example of the valuable insights people analytics can uncover. We explain our process and key takeaways in this new case study.
 

Published: September 2018
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IRS Releases Guidance Concerning Changes to Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code

New guidance from the IRS on the tax bill’s treatment of 162(m) delves into the identification of covered employees, operation of the grandfather rule and modification of a written contract. Our new alert goes into detail on the application of these changes.
 

Published: September 2018
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Benchmarking for Executive Roles? Go Beyond Proxy Data

When it comes to benchmarking executives, proxy filings provide the cleanest and most readily available data. Yet, there are times when proxy data alone isn’t comprehensive enough when analyzing compensation for certain executive roles.

Published: August 2018
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How Reporting Relationship and Job Title Can Impact CHRO Pay

We examine the influence of two key factors that can impact CHRO pay: reporting relationship and job title.

Published: August 2018
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What’s Your ROI? Most Commonly Used Metrics to Measure Your Incentive Plans

When determining the right metrics for your incentive plans, the most important consideration is looking at the unique circumstances of your own business and industry and choosing measures that support your business strategy. Using an industry peer group to benchmark your incentive plan provides an internal perspective on what your peers are doing.

Published: August 2018
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ISS Issues Survey Hinting at 2019 Policy Change

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) took the first step in its annual policy update process when it recently released its annual corporate governance policy survey to clients.

Published: August 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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ISS Policy Survey Hints at Changes to Pay-For-Performance, Director Pay and More

From gender diversity on boards to quantitative pay-for-performance screens and “excessive” director pay, ISS is considering 10 potential policy changes for 2019. We explain what each policy up for consideration entails and how likely it is to be changed.  
 

Published: August 2018
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Is It Time for Your Compensation Philosophy to Evolve? We Think So.

As issues like gender pay equity and pay transparency grow in prominence, a number of companies are beginning to rethink how they describe their approach to setting pay. In our view, these new forces will eventually compel companies to rethink and rewrite their compensation philosophies. 

Published: August 2018
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Why Some Technology Companies in Asia are Breaking Up Their Salary Broadbands

Creating broad salary bands is a common practice throughout much of Asia, but a growing number of technology firms are now developing narrower, more aggressive salary ranges to keep pace with the market for in-demand jobs. We explain when you should think about breaking up your salary bands, how to develop narrower ranges and questions you should ask your compensation and HR teams in the process.

Published: August 2018
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First Look at 2018 Global LTI Survey Results to Fuel Your Global Compensation Strategy

LTI awards are typically the largest component of pay, and can therefore have the greatest impact on decision making for global management. Yet the process of determining eligibility, award size and performance measures of LTI grants can be complex and challenging to navigate.

Published: August 2018
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Lessons from the 2018 Proxy Season for Say-on-Pay and Equity Plan Votes

The 2018 proxy season saw a drop in proxy advisor and shareholder support for Say-on-Pay and an increase in non-proxy advisor compliant equity share plans. We explain the factors behind proxy season trends and what those involved in executive compensation can do to prepare in the off season.

Published: July 2018
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Director Overboarding Trends from the 2018 Proxy Season

While a number of investors still look to the proxy advisory firms for guidance on director overboarding, an increasing number now apply their own limits. Investors that do not follow proxy advisor recommendations have often adopted their own approach to evaluating board commitments as part of an overall trend we’re observing where investors are focusing on board composition and efficacy.

Published: July 2018
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SEC Enforcement Action on Perks Disclosure Reminds Issuers to Be Mindful of the Standard

The SEC’s recent enforcement action against a large, US-based company for failure to properly disclosed executive perquisites is a good reminder to all issuers of the circumstances under which detailed disclosure is required.
 

Published: July 2018
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Final Update on the CEO Pay Ratio: Here’s What You Should Know Before the 2019 Proxy Season

This is our last CEO pay ratio update for the year so you can arm yourself with the knowledge you need as you start to prepare for the 2019 proxy season.

Published: July 2018
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Do Global Salary Increase Projections for 2019 Point to Stronger World Economy?

A sneak peek at Aon’s Global Salary Increase Survey for 2018/2019, which covers nearly 130 countries around the globe, shows that 2018 salary increases worldwide were higher than 2017 inflation. As a result, employees saw an improvement in their purchasing power.

Published: July 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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SEC Expands Scope of Companies that Qualify for Reduced Compensation Disclosure

The SEC recently amended its definition of smaller reporting companies (SRCs), which could pave the way for nearly a thousand additional companies to take advantage of reduced compensation disclosure requirements. However, it may not be wise for every qualified company to scale back their disclosures, particularly if they have active investors who have expressed concerns via Say-on-Pay votes in the past.

Published: July 2018
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Executive Compensation Summer Checklist: Take Steps Now to Prepare for Your Year-End

Are you looking for some ways to reduce the stress of your next executive compensation planning cycle? Follow our summertime executive compensation checklist to discover three important tasks you can take care of now to make your Q3 and Q4 far less hectic.

Published: June 2018
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As Companies Scramble to Hire More Cyber Security Experts, Compensation for the Role Increases with Demand

Cyber security is among companies’ primary concerns today with no company seemingly immune to widespread breaches with long-lasting effects. Given these startling statistics, it’s not surprising that more organizations are hiring a dedicated cyber security function as opposed to having it covered by a traditional IT role.

Published: June 2018
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Tech Convergence in Financial Services Industry: Your Questions Answered

The convergence of financial services and technology has caused firms to put the transformation of their workforce at the center of their strategy. Companies are focused on exploring new ways of working, redesigning their organizational structures, evaluating their entire employee value proposition to improve engagement, and making strategic investments in new skills and technology to support this transformation. In order to compete with tech firms and with the growing popularity of the Silicon Valley approach to attracting and retaining key employees, financial firms must acknowledge that the broader ecosystem of rewarding digital talent is changing and transform their value proposition with it.

Published: June 2018
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