Salary Budgets for 2012.
Looking at three separate surveys conducted by WorldatWork (2,466 companies), Towers Watson (773 companies) and Mercer (more than 1,200 companies) shows a consistent projection of about 3 percent or less in salary budgets for all positions. Each survey breaks down increases slightly differently so we’ve included data from each survey below.
Although all three surveyors predict few changes in salary budgeting as long as economic growth is slow and unemployment is high, market forces are still very much in play. Not surprisingly, industries that have a high demand for skilled workers are planning on higher increases. For example, the WorldatWork cited the 4.1 percent average salary increase among companies in the mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction industries that are seeing a shortage of skilled labor.
At the same time, companies continue to differentiate among employee performance levels. According to the Towers Watson survey, employees with the highest performance ratings will see median salary increases of 4.5 percent, while those with average ratings will receive 2.5 percent and those with below-average ratings will receive 1.4 percent. You can read the breakdown and see the respective graphs by WorldatWork, Towers Watson, and Mercer here: Joanne Sammer at Business Finance.