HR pay growth has been boosted by a recovery in bonuses, with the combined rate rising by 3.6%, according to an XpertHR survey.
The XpertHR salary survey of HR/personnel staff for 2010/11 also found that basic pay has risen by 2.6% over the last 12 months.
Reward specialists who took part in the survey forecast similar levels of growth next year of 2.5% for basic pay and 3.1% for total pay including bonuses.
However, Mark Crail, XpertHR’s head of salary surveys, pointed out that this year’s growth in pay was actually behind inflation rates.
“Over the coming year, continued slow pay growth will do little more than cushion the impact of rising prices and higher taxes – and in some parts of the economy, most notably in the public and voluntary sectors, even this cushion will be removed as pay freezes continue for many.”
Last year, Personnel Today reported that the harsh reality of redundancies during the recession had caused a number of HR professionals to “cut and run” from their jobs.
But the trend for HR people leaving organisations has fallen this year, with staff turnover down to 12.7% from 15.1% in 2009. However, redundancies were still on the increase, rising from 2.6% to 3.1% this year.
The report is based on payroll data for 5,454 HR professionals from 136 organisations. Pay rise figures are based on matched samples of individual employees included in the survey for two consecutive years.