Participate in the 2021
Intern, New Graduate and
Pay Administration Study

Discover the latest pay guidelines and practices for new
and experienced hires across 12 surveyed countries


Participate Now

  • Key Dates:
  • Survey Closes
  • Intern and New Graduate -
  • April 30, 2021
  • Pay Administration - 
  • May 30, 2021
  • Results Available
  • Intern and New Graduate -
  • July 30, 2021
  • Pay Administration - 
  • August 31, 2021
  • Contact Our Team:
  • Neema Mathur
  • Rewards Consultant
  • Karen Haack
  • Director
  • Tim Brown
  • Partner

Survey Overview and Scope

We are pleased to invite your organization to participate in the inaugural 2021 Intern, New Graduate and Pay Administration Study.

This study covers new-hire pay guidelines for new college graduates with an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Doctorate degree. Internship candidates are also represented at different levels on their education journey. Result insights help set the tone when designing offers for experienced hires. The full spectrum of topics covered includes:

Intern and New Graduate
  • Recruitment
  • Salary Determination
  • Compensation
  • Housing Allowance
  • Starting Salary Offers
  • Sign-on Bonus
  • Relocation
Pay Administration
  • Pay Philosophy
  • Labor Market
  • Sign-On Bonus
  • Geographic Differentials

Reporting & Participation Benefits

The results of this study should be invaluable to any organization that is looking to understand new-hire pay guidelines for interns and new college graduates as well, as setting the tone when creating offers for experienced hires both locally and around the globe.

All participants who provide a complete and accurate submission* by the deadline will receive a complimentary copy of results, upon release.

*The results you receive will be aligned with the quality and completeness of your submission.


Participate Now

Participation is open now with submissions due on April 30 for the Intern and New Graduate and May 30 for Pay Administration. You can get started with the Intern and New Graduate, then complete the Pay Administration questionnaire.

Intern and New Grad   Pay Administration

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I download a copy of the questionnaire?
    You can preview the Intern and New Graduate questionnaire in PDF format here and the Pay Administration PDF here. Note, these PDF questionnaires are for informational purposes only. You will still need to submit your company responses through the Qualtrics platform.
  • Do I need to be a current client to participate?
    Yes, only current Aon and Radford Global Compensation Database participants are eligible to participate.
  • How long does the questionnaire take to complete?
    First time participation requires some research and we advise you to download a copy of the questionnaire in advance to gather required data and seek input from others where needed. The online survey questionnaire is designed to guide you through an efficient input process. Next year, returning participants will find it very easy to participate using a pre-populated questionnaire to valid and update. 
  • Can I get an extension beyond the deadline?
    In order to publish on time, we need a complete and timely data submission. Reviewing the questionnaire in advance will help you understand the time commitment required.
  • Can I order a custom report?
    For an additional cost, all organizations with access to the overall results are eligible to order custom data cuts using the full list of participants to choose your select peer group(s). The list of participants and pricing is available in the order form.
  • Who is best suited to complete this survey?
    In our experience, this survey is best completed by a member of your compensation or benefits team with knowledge of practices in the individual countries where you have operations. Collaboration with colleagues is available (anyone with access to the questionnaire can enter data), but the questionnaire is locked after one person clicks the "Submit" button.
  • Can I save my progress while I'm filling out the questionnaire?
    Responses are saved with each page you complete unless cookies are deleted. Contact us if you have concerns about lost data.
  • Does the study address topics by country or globally?
    The Study covers several topics on a country-by-country basis across 12 countries. Where a specific location is not named in a question, the response should reflect typical global practice. If internal practices vary widely by country, provide responses for the country with the largest headcount.
  • Will my answers remain confidential?
    Yes, all individual responses will remain confidential. Additionally, study results will only be presented in an aggregate fashion without specific attribution to any organization. The report will include a list of all participants by organization name.
  • Can I access results without participating?
    Non-participants can purchase the results of the current publication. Please keep in mind, with a submission, results are complimentary.
  • Can I save my progress while I'm filling out the questionnaire?
    We encourage participants to submit data via one submission session to ensure you do not lose your responses. Due to cookies and browser settings, we cannot guarantee your data will be saved if not submitted during one session.
  • Why are results valuable?
    While this survey won't tell you what to do, it does offer insight into what other organizations are doing. Results provide valuable insight into the overall prevalence of practices and perspective into alternative plan designs for your organization to consider.