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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.
 

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.  
 

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. 

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.

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.

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.
 

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.
 

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.

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.

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.

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.
 

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.
 

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.

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.

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.
 

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.

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.
 

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.

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. 

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.
 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brazil’s New Labor Law Grants Employers More Flexibility in Their Hiring and Pay Programs

While companies are right to take a wait-and-see approach as Brazilian courts iron out key grey areas in the country’s new labor laws, taking time now to plan for change is prudent. After all, the new laws are widely expected to give companies more flexibility in their hiring and remuneration policies going forward.

A Well-Oiled Machine: What High-Performing Companies Are Doing That You’re Not

According to new research from Radford, high-performing US technology companies share many of the same talent and rewards practices. In the November issue of WorldatWork’s Workspan magazine, our team shared insights on key traits companies of all sizes and with all manner of compensation budgets can learn from.

 

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