You need to know how your pay scales compare to the external labour market to drive down employee turnover by ticking the box of competitive pay in a buoyant labour market. Having insight into market trends and effectively collating internal and external reward data will help target spending and help you recruit and retain high quality staff in a fluid environment.
Using pay benchmarking
Conducting a pay review requires a range of skills including data analysis, data modelling and job evaluation. You will need to collate information (for example, salary surveys and national statistics) and establish a single, accurate market range for each job.
Pay benchmarking (comparing your pay to the market) is an important factor in deciding what to pay your people. To effectively benchmark, you must make like-for-like comparisons with the external market. That means choosing the right comparator organisations and accurate job matches. Using a range of information, including multiple salary surveys and national statistics can also help you make more rounded decisions.
Benchmarking pay presents a few challenges for HR professionals to overcome, including:
Selecting the right sources of information from a credible provider who understands your market well;
Submitting your employee data before you can receive market pay information (this can be time-consuming and needs specialist skills);
Collating and summarising both your employee data and external market information into a single structure;
Taking account of the nature of work (function or family groupings) and employee seniority (level) within the organisation;
Taking appropriate account of the factors driving executive pay, such as turnover, sector, reporting structure, board membership and so on;
Deciding how to act upon market pay findings (for example, creating market-led salary scales to structure pay decisions);
Agreeing how to communicate decisions to executives, line managers and other staff through transparent employee engagement; and
Making sure all benchmarked data remains confidential, and complies with data protection and anti-trust legislation.
How can Paydata help with my pay review?
Comply with data protection and anti-trust legislation (we are Data Protection Act registered).
Communicate the results across your organisation
Collate information on more general pay and economic trends
Match your jobs to our data sources, third party sources and different methodologies
Participate in HR Groups to obtain complementary information
Complete relevant surveys questionnaires (our own surveys are flexible and we often collect data via payroll downloads)
Define ‘the market’ for each job (by geography, industry, specialism, seniority and so on), providing independent advice and expertise
Combine Pay Structure
Combine information from different survey sources or methodologies (including your own grades) into a single structure
Collate Pay Structure
Collate all the data into a single structure and develop salary scales, using our own bespoke salary software
Suggest the most appropriate sources of market information for your jobs, whether ours or someone else’s
Would you like to know more about our pay review software? Get in touch to discover more.
Tim is a passionate HR specialist with over 20 years’ experience in pay and reward. As a director of Paydata, Tim has worked with thousands of satis...