Pay increases for 2016 are expected to remain at 3%, the same as 2015 and up from 2014’s 2.5%. Exceptional performers are likely to enjoy increases in the 4.5% range.
Regionally, wages should be higher in the Northeast. Critical, hard to find and retain positions, such as electric and software engineers, line workers, nurses and IT will demand and get more.
Employers continue to find it difficult to recognize and motivate workers with merit budgets of only 3%. It is nearly impossible to differentiate between good and average performers with so little money. As a result, more are turning to annual short term incentive plans. These plans can quickly put cash in worthy employee’s pockets and not impact base wages. Employers are also putting more dollars into benefits, particularly into supplemental retirement plans for “older” workers.
In addition to compensation, companies are relying upon non-monetary rewards including career development, education and more exciting and challenging work assignments.
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