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Compensation Planning for Millennials: What They Value and How it’s Changed

It’s more important than ever to devise creative and effective compensation strategies to attract and retain this generation of talent.

Published: June 2018
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CEO Pay Ratios Are In. Here’s What We’ve Learned So Far.

The first year of CEO pay ratio disclosures are in for most public companies. Our latest article includes several key findings for the technology and life sciences sectors that will be helpful as companies think about how this new data could be used by stakeholders in the future.
 

Published: June 2018
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Five Ways to Get More from Your Merit Budget

During annual performance cycles, compensation professionals spend a lot of time thinking about the size of the merit pool and who gets how much of an increase. However, less time is spent on the factors that go into how the pool is delivered. We delve into five strategies you can use to get more from your merit budget.
 

Published: May 2018
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Demystifying Pay in India: How to Structure Compensation for Local Practices

Compensation planning in India requires extensive knowledge of local market practices given the many unique rewards terms and structures found in the country. Following the tips we provide in this article will help you set out on a path toward developing well-understood, tax efficient, legally compliant and competitive pay packages in India.

Published: May 2018
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First Look at 2018 Chief Human Resource Officer Compensation

A competitive talent landscape has elevated the need for the CHRO to focus on total rewards. As such, it’s not a surprise that median compensation for CHROs continues to increase.

Published: May 2018
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Here are the Highest Paying Information Technology Jobs

To understand what skills are hot in the IT market, compensation professionals need to dig deeper than the traditional benchmark data sources.

Published: May 2018
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Fewer Technology Firms, Especially in the United States, Report Using Retention Bonuses

Our latest quarterly trends survey shows the use of retention bonuses in key global technology markets has fallen in the past two years. Our article explores the reasons behind this trend.

Published: May 2018
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Examining Executive Pay Differences at Public and Private Companies

One of the major differences among public and private companies is the quantum of pay for executives. Compensation professionals at private companies are continuously challenged to attract and retain executives when their ability to pay competitively vs. public companies is constrained by typically lower long-term incentive (LTI) opportunities.

Published: May 2018
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Life Sciences Companies Increasingly Turn to Retention Bonuses as a Key Rewards Strategy

Our latest quarterly trends survey shows the use of retention bonuses in key global life sciences markets continues to rise over the past five years. Our article explores the reasons behind this trend.
 

Published: May 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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Thinking Beyond Compensation: Effective Talent Strategies that Won’t Cost You Much

We recently met with 200-plus HR and compensation leaders in Silicon Valley to discuss the difficulties of hiring and retention in today’s fierce talent environment. As everyone in the room agreed, paying top dollar helps, but there are many other ways to become a top-talent destination without breaking the bank. In this article, we present some successful non-monetary strategies companies can adopt right now to strengthen their employee value proposition.

Published: May 2018
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Today's Top-5 "Hot Skills" at Life Sciences Companies

With a shortage of workers possessing very specialized clinical and business infrastructure skills, life sciences companies often struggle to attract and retain this evasive talent. But when someone possessing these rare “hot skills” is found, companies often find themselves paying a large base salary premium to acquire them. Here, we go over the top five skills that fit in this category. 

Published: April 2018
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Today's Top-5 "Hot Skills" at Technology Companies

In today’s super-charged job market, technology companies are engaged in a frantic battle to attract and retain people who possess game-changing skills. And while a large number of companies still don’t believe in paying special premiums for these “hot skills”, among those that do, the five hot skills listed in this article currently command the largest base salary premiums.

Published: April 2018
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How Company Size and Succession Planning Influences New CEO Pay

One of the earliest decisions when bringing in a new CEO, whether it’s an internal promotion or an external hire, is what the initial pay program should be. There are several factors that the board of directors should take into consideration, but using external benchmarks to create a competitive pay package (without overpaying) is a good starting point.

Published: April 2018
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Second Look at CEO Pay Ratio

Using Aon’s Corporate and Governance Pro’s (CG Pro) new CEO Pay Ratio report, we took a look at what’s being reported at a select sample of 531 companies, which span several industries.

Published: April 2018
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Does Your Sales Incentive Plan Really Pay for Performance? Ask These Questions to Find Out.

With so much of a salesperson’s compensation delivered through variable, performance-based pay, sales leaders need to continually monitor pay-for-performance mechanisms to ensure they remain fair, motivating and in-tune with business needs. However, we often rely too heavily on data-driven assessments to measure plan performance. Sometimes asking the right qualitative questions to the right people can make a huge difference.
 

Published: April 2018
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The Era of Pay Transparency is Here. Is Your Organization Prepared?

Technological advances, coupled with new pay equity laws, give employees access to compensation information they never had before. In the emerging era of pay transparency, there are four steps companies must take to both address inequities and engage employees in creating a shared understanding of fair pay.

Published: April 2018
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Sales Compensation: 5 Questions to Ask Sales Leaders Before You Review Pay Mix

There are a lot of variables that go into a good sales compensation plan. Aligning the plan with your corporate sales goals and the desired behavior required of the sales role is the key.

Published: April 2018
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Merit Season is Over; Here are Four Ways to Measure How Well it Went

Following your annual merit cycle, we recommend putting your rewards programs through four diagnostic tests to determine how well your pay-for-performance systems are working. Our latest article outlines these tests and the important questions every rewards professional should ask themselves after the conclusion of merit season.

Published: April 2018
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As Market Realities Change, Radford’s Global Job Leveling Model Rises to the Challenge

Although it is more than 10 years old, Radford’s global job leveling system remains as relevant today as when it was first introduced. In fact, as workforces become more global, M&A activity remains robust, industries collide, and calls for greater pay equity grow louder, companies are turning to global leveling structures more and more often.

Published: March 2018
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Designing Global Pay for Executives

For today's multinational organization, securing top talent on a worldwide basis is a key driver for success and having the right pay programs and incentives in place globally has become increasingly challenging. We will explore how best to design pay for global executives.

Published: March 2018
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First Look at CEO Pay Ratio

The first proxies to include CEO Pay Ratio disclosures are now being released. Using Aon's CEO Pay Ratio report we evaluated the initial data in order to provide you with initial insights.

Published: March 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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Board of Director Pay Trends and Corporate Governance Outlook – More than meets the eye!

Starting in the 2019 proxy season, board of director pay will be monitored by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), which makes a thorough outside director pay review even more critical.

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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Five Trends in Severance and Change-in-Control Practices at US Life Sciences Firms

While a majority of life sciences companies have change-in-control and not-for-cause severance policies, the prevalence of plans fell from 2014 to 2017, a surprising result in our latest special survey. Meanwhile, diversity in plan design increased, giving business leaders plenty of new ideas to consider.

Published: March 2018
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Six Trends in Severance and Change-in-Control Practices at US Technology Companies

Our new survey of severance and CIC practices at US technology companies reveals an increase in companies with polices, but there is still wide variation in how plans are designed.

Published: March 2018
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Four Ways Technology Companies Can Create a Winning People Strategy During M&A

People issues— from culture to total rewards— can be one of the biggest reasons mergers and acquisitions fail. This is particularly true in the technology sector where the value of a deal is often found in the employees as much, or more so, than a product or service. Our article provides tips and data to empower HR leaders to ensure lasting success following a deal.

Published: March 2018
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5 Highlights from Pay Insights in 2017

Looking back on the blog posts from 2017 that have resonated best with readers, we see one common denominator. The most interesting stories are the ones with practical advice on how to make the compensation data actionable. Here are five topics that seemed to play well throughout 2017 where the insights provided useable information.

Published: March 2018
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5 Tips for Communicating Salary Review Decisions

To help you strike a better balance and get the most out of your compensation spend, we’ve put together these 5 tips to communicating salary review decisions.

Published: February 2018
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