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The GCC C&B Trends Report 2014

The Compensation & Benefits Forum 2014 organised by IIRME (now to be called Informa) will take place on June 8 -12 in Dubai, and I am honoured to be one of the speakers again. Compensation Insider is also the official blog partner of the Forum, and I am write the report summarizing the findings from […]

How Reward reinforces your culture and strategy – 4 examples

My good friend Sylvia Doyle is a terrific independent Rewards consultant based in the UK. A few days ago, she produced an interesting piece on the CIPD Reward Blogger’s blog called “I have a question for you”. Her post raises interesting points about culture and strategy. As she wrote : As HR and reward professionals, […]

Executive Labour markets – the emerging markets story

Today’s post comes from Ian Davidson. Ian has an impressive track record in the C&B sphere. His specialty is executive pay, and he has been involved in the financial services industry for a long time. He shares his thoughts on his blog at and also podcasts – something I am planning to try soon […]

… and the winner is…

The National used the results of the AonHewitt “best employer in the Middle East” survey as the theme for their editorial yesterday. The title ? “Work can reward in different ways”  – OF COURSE I had to write about it today ! DHL Express UAE was declared best employer, with 2 other DHL branches (Oman […]

Compensation & Benefits – The text-book solution is not always right !

Today’s post comes from my friend Tom Raftery, founder and Director of It’s all about People, a Human Capital consultancy based in Dubai. In this article, he shares some thought-provoking views based on his real-life experience. The “best practice”, widely accepted, default approach to compensation-related issues is not always the best one to apply for the […]

2013 Compensation best practices [infographic]

It’s my birthday today, and I want to share with you a “gift” in the form of quick infographic from It covers best practices in Compensation & Benefits for 2013 and is interesting for companies in all countries even though the study is based on US organisations. I strongly suggest you get the full […]

Out-of-the-box thinking for designing merit matrices

Are you using a merit matrix for deciding salary increases for the employees in your company ? Then you are already familiar with the traditional “bands” or “ranges” of comparatio (basic pay compared to midpoint of the salary range associated with the grade of the employee – the position of the employee in the pay […]