Salary increase trends
Compensation continues to be on the rise despite global slowdown and layoffs by multiple companies. The overall salary increase in employee categories is expected to be at 10.2%(Projected) in FY’23 as compared to 10.4% (Actuals) in FY’22. Though there is a decline of 20 basis points, but the projections still remain strong and in double digits.
There is a clear focus to retain the skills in demand. Companies offer premium up to 1.9 times for skills which are high in demand as compared to basic skills. The overall salary increases in FY’22 for the key roles and skills has been at 14.8% as against an overall 10.4%. Technology skills such as those in AI, ML and Cloud computing are in high demand and command a premium of 15% to 20% over basic software engineering compensation levels.
Analytical skills like risk modeling, data architecture, and business analytics command a premium of 20% to 25%.
The attrition trends seen in India during 2022, which were shaped by an interplay of different forces such as the country’s economy, availability of job opportunities, and the emphasis on employee engagement and retention, continue to concern employers. The EY Future of Pay report reveals that sectors such as e-commerce, technology, financial institutions, and professional services are witnessing attrition rates of over 20%, which places these among the sectors with the highest employee turnover.
Future outlook for rewards
With many organizations getting innovative and personalized with their rewards value proposition to keep up with the evolving needs of millennials and to attract and retain high potential talent, several incentive tools and new-age benefits are gaining popularity.
Equity-based and long-term incentives: New-age digital enterprises are driving the expansion of such incentives, especially in terms of frequency, incentivization, and covering more employees.
- These incentives form as high as 50% of the total compensation in case of senior management/ executives and 25% in case of junior levels
- Among the varieties of share-based incentives offered, the employee stock option plan remains the most preferred type, though Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) are also trending.
Personalized benefits packages: As companies seek to attract and retain top talent, they would tend to offer more customized benefits packages that reflect the unique needs and preferences of individual employees. This could include perks, such as student loan repayment assistance, pet insurance, or elder care support.
Technology-enabled rewards management: With companies adopting more advanced HR technology, there will be increased use of data analytics and automation tools to manage and deliver rewards programs.