Pay transparency for all employees in some US government entities

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey publishes the salaries of its 6,777 employees on its website. The decision came after some criticism about how public money is spent and some controversy about payroll in this organisation. When I read this article, I have to admit being impressed by the level of transparency…

High Pay Commission report tackles excessive high compensation

Since the beginning of the global crisis, the topic of Executive Pay has been a major point of focus for many observers, journalists, economists, governance and  remuneration specialists, as well as the “man on the street”. Recent developments in the US have included the implementation of stricter rules regarding Say on Pay (shareholders voting on…

4 skills to master for influential Compensation and Benefits

One of my first posts was about the fact that we need to move from compensation data to compensation intelligence. This is really one of my areas of interest as I believe it is one of the main ways that we can get real attention from the business – by talking the same language as…

From job evaluation to salary scales – the basics

One of my readers Naim asked me about how job grading and salary scales / salary ranges are linked so I will cover the steps leading to the design of the salary structure in an organisation. “Banding” or “job grading”  is done in order to enable comparison of roles across departments and functions within and…

How to get started in your new Compensation job

One day, one of my acquaintances on LinkedIn wrote to me. His company never had job descriptions and he wanted me to share some of the JDs from my team. He also asked how to get started as he was getting into his new position as Performance and Compensation Manager. Here is some of the…

Essential considerations for managing international careers

Today’s question is one that I answered about a year ago from one of my contacts on LinkedIn, who wanted some background information on what to think about when designing their first policy for sending employees abroad. I think there are a number of things that need to be checked when designing this kind of…

7 steps to compensation programme design – the basics

I am often asked how to go about a new plan design, or a total revamp of an existing one. How should one approach it ? Is there a methodology ? In my mind there are 7 basic steps to take in order to design a good plan in Compensation & Benefits. They apply whether…