Survey of pay for HR professionals
Survey of pay for HR professionals
Reward managers remain the highest paid specialism within the personnel profession, earning 32% above the average salary for a senior manager, according to a survey of personnel professionals by Croner Reward in association with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
The survey, based on 10,034 HR professionals in over 1,800 organisations, shows employee relations managers and recruitment managers are also paid more, on average.
Charles Cotton, CIPD reward adviser, says: "Reward is becoming more and more important within organisations and plays a key part in attracting, retaining and motivating staff."
Key survey results
Annual pay awards
The majority of personnel professionals received a 3% pay rise last year. But there is a significant variation in overall earnings by sector, job role and organisation size.
Earnings by organisation size
- Personnel directors in larger organisations (4,001-10,000 employees) earn two-thirds more than their counterparts in organisations of fewer than 100 employees.
- Head of personnel in a large company earns almost £7,000 more than those working at a small organisation.
Earnings by job sector
- Personnel directors in the private sector are paid an average of £69,750. The top 20 earners are paid in excess of £150,000.
- Personnel directors in the public sector are paid an average of £60,019. The top 20 earners are paid in excess of £85,000.
- Personnel directors in the voluntary sector are paid an average of £53,636. The top 20 earners are paid in excess of £70,000.
- Personnel directors in London earn 11% above the national average.
- Those in the north east of England are 23% below the national average and the lowest paid in the UK.
- Overall bonuses received last year by personnel professionals averaged 7% with a range of 4% to 20%.
- Generally, the higher the job level, the higher the bonus, with personnel directors receiving, on average, 20% of their basic salary as a bonus.
- Bonuses were slightly higher in the private sector, but few and far between in the voluntary sector.
Terms and conditions
- While the majority of organisations (97%) offer a pension scheme, only 61% of these are defined benefit schemes.
- 82% of personnel professionals have contracted hours of between 35 and 37.5 hours, but 49% of professionals work more than these hours (38% work 40 to 45 hours and 11% work up to 60 hours a week).
- The survey reveals a pay gap of 14% between female and male personnel directors.
- The report suggests that the equal pay gap is largely down to the fact that there is a higher proportion of female personnel directors in the public and voluntary sectors and a lower proportion of female personnel directors among the larger, private sector, employers.
Want to know more?
Title: Personnel Rewards, by Croner Reward in association with the CIPD.
Availability: The survey is priced at £310 for CIPD members and £395 for non-members. You can order online at www.croner.co.uk.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has more than 120,000 members and is the "leading professional institute for those involved in the management and development of people". For more details visit www.cipd.co.uk
Croner Reward is one of the UK's leading providers of pay and benefits data, publishing over 60 different regional, national and industry specific salary surveys each year. www.croner.co.uk
Posted 22 November 2004