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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.

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.
 

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. 

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.

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.

Three Big Questions to Ask Yourself When Benchmarking Pay at Life Sciences Companies

After meeting with HR leaders across the US life sciences sector, three big compensation benchmarking questions emerged as themes. When should we use specific vs. generic scientific jobs? When should we pay premiums for advanced degrees? And how much do geographic differentials matter these days? Our latest article explores each of these questions in data-driven detail.

Learning From Rewards Practices at High-Performing European Technology Companies

Successful technology firms in Europe and the United States share many of the same rewards practices, which are distinct from the broader market. In this article, we identify those practices, explain how they drive better results and offer key takeaways that can be adapted for any compensation budget.

In The Race for Top Talent, Equity Vesting Schedules May be the Next Battleground

In today's highly competitive market for talent, shorter equity vesting schedules can be a strategic advantage. However, making a change should not be taken lightly. Our new article explores the pros and cons of longer vs. shorter vesting periods.

The Top-5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Compensation Survey (Now)

Scrambling for compensation data every time you hire a new employee won’t help your business scale. The sooner your HR team is allowed to invest in a reliable compensation survey, the sooner it can create the people programs and strategies truly needed to drive growth.

To Truly Address Gender Pay Gaps, Companies Must Dig Below the Surface

In most cases, you can't begin to fix a problem until you understand why it exists in the first place. This is certainly true for the complex challenge of addressing gender pay equity. In our new paper, we explain the most significant drivers of both real and perceived gender pay gaps.

The Newly Revised US Tax Code Will Influence Executive and Employee Pay, but How Much?

In addition to changes in corporate and personal income tax levels, the revised US tax code is likely to influence the design of incentive compensation for executives and employees in the years ahead. Our client alert focuses on the provisions of the bill most likely to influence plan design and provides recommendations on actions companies should consider taking now.

Silicon Alley vs. Silicon Valley: Comparing and Contrasting Compensation Practices

The technology market in and around New York City is maturing rapidly, but even as pay levels align more closely with Silicon Valley, compensation plan design remains distinct in important ways. We explored some of the biggest differences at our recent east coast technology sector meeting.

Maternity Matters: What India’s Amended Maternity Benefit Act Means for Companies

Thanks to recent amendments to its maternity benefits law, India now ranks among the top countries for longest paid maternity leave. Our client alert explains what the new law changes and how companies are beginning to comply.

Debunking Common Compensation Myths

Following our annual webcast on technology sector trends, this article takes a deeper look at the five big compensation myths we discussed on the call. From gender pay equity to having to benchmark pay at the 75th percentile to stay competitive, we’re aiming to separate fact from fiction.

In the UK and US, Performance Share Plans Appear Due for a Makeover

A handful of companies in the UK have traded in their performance share plans in favor of restricted stock with lower maximum payout levels and longer vesting and holding periods. In some cases, these moves even include executives. Now, the question we must ask is will this movement gather enough steam in the UK to jump across the Atlantic to the US?

Revisiting 13th and 14th Month Bonus Rules in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia

Around the world, from Latin America to Europe to Africa to Asia, 13th and 14th month bonuses are a fairly common practice. Yet, the rules of the road vary widely from country to country, making compliance a challenge for HR teams. Our latest article examines current requirements and practices in more than 45 nations.

Nine Ways Innovative Life Sciences Companies Build and Sustain Cultures of Success

Many of the world’s most innovative and successful life sciences companies trace their achievements down to one key factor: building enduring corporate cultures. We spoke to HR leaders at five of today’s highest-flying biotech firms to learn the secrets behind their most successful culture-building programs.

Equity Choice Programs: Making Your Incentives More Meaningful to Employees

A small but growing number of firms are giving employees a choice in their equity vehicles—typically a mix of options and restricted stock. The move comes from a desire to provide greater flexibility and cater to generational differences in the workplace. We explain how an equity choice program can work.

It’s Time for Technology Companies to Take a More Nuanced Approach to Pay in China

As China's technology sector grows and matures, setting pay in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities isn't as simple as it used to be. We explain how companies can benchmark pay in China’s increasingly complex market to stay competitive without over- or under-paying for key talent.

A Hot Talent Market and High Levels of Equity Participation Put Pressure on Share Pools

Technology companies are dealing with attracting employees in a red-hot job market while managing shareholder expectations to keep dilution rates under control. What’s more, mature public companies are often at a competitive disadvantage to newly public companies that have evergreen provisions. Our paper offers ways companies can conserve shares but remain competitive.

These Five Perks Are Key to Driving Company Culture

Our latest survey of perquisite practices at technology and life sciences companies went a step further than most. We didn’t just ask about prevalence and cost— we also asked which perks help drive and sustain corporate cultures.

 

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