White House Announces PayScale Commitment to Largest-Ever Non-Compete Data Collection

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PayScale is thrilled to announce that we are launching a data collection effort, encouraged by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, in an effort to gain more understanding around the prevalence and impact of non-compete agreements in the U.S. By examining how non-compete agreements are used today, we hope to support a deeper understanding and provide more context for employers, employees and legislators. Non-compete agreements often hinder workforce mobility.

Compensation Analyst: All You Need to Know About the Role


In the competitive candidate market, organizations need to get their compensation strategy right. That’s why a compensation analyst is a fast-growing role and a career path worth considering. Let’s explore the role of a compensation analyst and how you can become one.


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3 Tips to Design a Transparent Non-profit Compensation Strategy

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Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs PayScale reports that a more transparent compensation policy can support the recruitment and retention of employees at many non-profit organizations, especially in a growing multi-generational environment. It’s great to see organizations hiring again as we bounce back from the recession, but this increased competition for talent means nonprofits have to start thinking more strategically about their compensation budgets.

7 Compensation Issues and How to Fix Them

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Ignoring compensation issues at your organization can lead to unhappy workers, low morale, decreased productivity, and increased turnover. So how do you identify and fix compensation issues? Contents Examples of compensation issues Steps to identify and fix compensation issues.

PayScale Is Headed to #SHRM17 Conference. See You There?

Compensation Today

Next week, June 18 – 21, the PayScale crew is off to New Orleans for SHRM17 Annual Conference and Exposition. We have two awesome prizes we’re raffling off: Trip to our own Compference 2017 , the modern compensation event featuring over 500 compensation leaders. Exploring the Compensation Data Landscape: Finding the Right Data Puts You Ahead of the Competition : This session will show you how you can have the right compensation data to help you win the talent war.

PayScale Tools for Today's Comp Pro! Compensation Glossary: Part 1 of 4

Compensation Today

Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional Even the most seasoned HR professional might take a big gulp if approached by their CEO to take charge of anything comp. That’s because, despite being part of the HR department, compensation is like the cool kid at a party. PayScale has you covered in our new, 4-part Comp Glossary. Today’s Lesson: A Little Comp 101 Consider the comp pros at PayScale to be an extension of your team!

PayScale Tools for Today's Comp Pro! Compensation Glossary: Part 2 of 4

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Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional PayScale’s Comp Glossary returns! Consider the comp pros at PayScale to be an extension of your team! We’ve compiled a list of fundamental compensation terms and why they’re important to know. Why it matters: Often misunderstood but a very critical part of evaluating compensation is the benchmark job. 3) COMPENSABLE FACTORS Definition: The details about a job that influence how the job is paid.

7 Things to Look for in a Compensation Package

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Quite the hot commodity, workers can afford to be a little picky and a little particular about what kind of compensation they’d like in exchange for their labor. With companies competing for workers, savvy job seekers know exactly what they’re looking for in their compensation packages.

Top Five Compensation Trends from 2016

Compensation Today

What trends have impacted compensation the most? In the spirit of the coming new year, let’s count the top five 2016 compensation trends! Count down the top #compensation trends of 2016! Gone are the days where companies compensate with just base pay. In order to compete for top talent, companies are exploring all options for recognizing and rewarding employees. Compensation Plans 2016 compensation trends compensation trends compliance mix pay transparency

Get Me a Compensation Strategy, STAT!

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One intentional decision that too many companies aren’t making: establishing their compensation strategy. PayScale’s 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR) found that just 37 percent of all organizations have a comp strategy. What is a compensation strategy? It’s the sum of all the choices you make about how to spend your compensation dollars, including the market where you compete for talent and how competitively you plan to pay in that market.

7 Compensation Resolutions for 2017

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These notions of resolving are ones that I think are both difficult and necessary, especially in the field of HR and compensation in particular. Without further ado, Compensation Resolutions 2017: seven ways to start the new year right! Check out these seven compensation #resolutions 2017! 1: Develop Regular Compensation Reporting. I was working as a compensation consultant when the recession started to ease up. PayScale Crew is a good start.

How Compensation Can Help Your Company Innovate

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What we see every day here at PayScale is that businesses are now competing for talent from every industry. When we speak with manufacturing companies, they aren’t just looking for machine operators and production workers; they’re looking for compensation data on software developers and other high-tech talent. Just a couple of months ago, Facebook launched a competing app to Snapchat. Focus on Compensation. Compensation Is Much More Than Data.

Comp Strategy for Small Businesses: 2017 Compensation Best Practices

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Only 29 percent of small businesses have a compensation strategy, according to data collected for PayScale’s Compensation Best Practices Report , compared with 37 percent of all organizations — despite the fact that small businesses must compete with larger orgs for talent, generally with smaller compensation budgets. But without a compensation strategy, there’s no way for orgs to tell if their money is being used effectively … or wasted.

Which Compensation Structure Is Right for Your Company?

Compensation Today

Compensation structures continue to evolve, and they usually do so to help organizations keep current with both market and workforce trends. Some may wonder what compensation structures are. Loosely, “compensation structure” refers to the various ways that companies can organize their pay practices. How have compensation structures developed? Grades and Ranges: today’s compensation structure. Learn More About Our Compensation Software.

Surprising Statistics May Shape 2017 Compensation Programs

HR Daily Advisor

The pursuit of the right talent continues to be highly competitive and, according to the latest research from PayScale, that pursuit is shaping compensation programs and strategies. In fact, PayScale’s 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR) reveals a shift in strategy, as well as a gap between the perceptions of employees and employers with regard to pay. Compensation practices are increasingly being used as a way to cement relationships with employees.

2018 Compensation Budgeting Forecast Part 3: Trends in Non-Profit Compensation

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The world of non-profit compensation continues to see radical changes from the past. Previously, it was assumed that non-profits, due to the limitations placed on their abilities to generate revenue, were in the position of compensating their employees much below the market. The following are key trends in non-profit compensation design Astronology® readers need to know. Trend #2: Compensation Philosophy Statements. Who do you compete with for talent?

Developing a Compensation Plan, Step 2: Define Your Strategy

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This is a lesson from PayScale’s Modern Compensation Planning ecourse. With your new compensation philosophy hot off the presses, it’s time to go to market to identify the value of your jobs. The next two lessons in building your compensation plan will teach you how to perform compensation benchmarking. Decide on Your Compensation Strategy. What do you want to reward with your compensation dollars? Learn More About Our Compensation Software.

Developing a Compensation Plan, Step 3: Select Data Sources

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This is a lesson from PayScale’s Modern Compensation Planning ecourse. Now that you’ve spent some time thinking about the different parts of your workforce and where you compete for talent in each segment, you can apply that strategy when seeking out your data sources. Select Compensation Market Data Sources. Since there are a variety of compensation data sources available to you, it’s crucial that you choose wisely. Learn More About Our Compensation Software.

Compensation Trends: Disruption in Action at the 2017 Total Rewards Show

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In years past, PayScale has faced crossed arms, skepticism, and comments like, “I don’t believe in user-submitted data,” because we were doing something different (innovating?) in the world of compensation management. We were offering up our modern, mammoth data set of crowdsourced, vetted and validated “employee-sourced” data and traditional compensation pros were aghast. Learn More About Our Compensation Software.

How to Speak With Your Non-Profit Employees About Compensation

Compensation Today

By Sonnet Lauberth, PayScale Compensation Professional Compensation can be a tricky topic, especially within the non-profit sector where many employees feel that they are “overworked and underpaid.” However, when communication about compensation is handled correctly, it can increase employee trust in the organization, improve employee engagement, and decrease turnover. If you don’t currently have a compensation plan in place, now is the time to get started.

Customizing Compensation for the Aging (?!) Millennials

HR Daily Advisor

With a fixed compensation budget, you need to know how best to direct your dollars where they will give you the most bang for your compensation buck, so to speak. Payscale recently released a report, Compensation Challenges for a Multi-Generational Workforce , which provides some helpful insights in this area. No matter the size of the overall compensation budget, companies are wise to consider the way they allocate the budget among these tiers, Herner suggests.

Tech Industry Trends and Treats

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PayScale has a work hard, live well culture. My closet is bursting with PayScale t-shirt and sweatshirt pride. PayScale’s 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report gathered information from more than 500 respondents in the tech industry. At PayScale we believe in creating a win-win for employers and employees. According to the PayScale Index , wages for tech jobs have been outpacing average jobs since the end of the recession.

Don't Miss this Summer's Hottest Compensation Events

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Taylor, CPC, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger The summer months are just about to kick off and with the warmer weather comes new and exciting industry events. Each year, hundreds of thousands of organizational leaders, human resource practitioners, and compensation managers head for conferences and expos to learn about the latest in technology, best practices, and legal updates. Tess C.

3 Compensation Strategies for Your Remote Workforce

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Starting this month, Facebook will adjust its compensation based on the cost of living in the area in which an employee lives. Compensation packages based on geography aren’t new. The company has roughly three compensation zones within the U.S.,

Compensation Management: Salary Benchmarking and Beyond


Many small businesses assume they don’t need to worry about compensation management. Other tools like PayScale, Salary.com, and LinkedIn Salary require a subscription or payment to access data but contain a larger number of job titles and data sets. This process is called compensation benchmarking. How is compensation benchmarking done? The first step in compensation benchmarking is to build a list of salary ranges for current and future job roles.

Compensation Round-Up: JLaw’s Gender Wage Gap, Transparency, and RIP Annual Raises

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Joleen Oerman, B2B Content Marketing Specialist, PayScale Welcome to the Compensation Roundup, where we bring to you the hottest news in comp! Sample what’s happening in compensation right now, get in the know and grab some conversation starters. So, how do you compete? Something to chew on… Groundbreaking PayScale Study Reveals Employees Value This More Than Dollars The Low Down: Fair pay, equitable pay, pay equality…we’ve heard it all lately.

Overcoming the Hot Job Challenge

Compensation Today

Job offers might be declined because they were based on insufficient compensation data. A lot of compensation sources only cover job titles by industry, revenue, company size, and region. Throwing even more fuel onto the hot job fire, when a high demand for certain skill sets fuses with a low supply of workers with those specialized skills, you get a bunch of companies aggressively competing against each other for those workers. Many of today’s companies are fusion companies.

You're Underpaying. Now What?

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Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional Most organizations don’t intend to pay employees low, but market shifts and legislation changes can often result in underpaid employees. As an HR practitioner, especially one involved in compensation, it’s important to keep an eye on your compliance with wage laws in your area. Market should be the industry, company size, and location where you compete for talent. I repeat— where you compete for talent.

4 Tips for Creating an Incentive Pay Program That Works


Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Payscale’s Compensation Today blog on May 8, 2018 The way you design your incentive pay program can make a big difference to multiple pieces of your business, so it shouldn’t be an afterthought. Organizations are using variable pay programs to help them compete for talent, to combat turnover, and motivate […]. Guest Posts Payroll & Compensation

Readiness Checklist: How Do You Know the Right Level of Pay Transparency for Your Org?

Compensation Today

PayScale data suggest that about half of all organizations are aiming for pay transparency in 2017. PayScale data suggest that about half of all organizations are aiming for pay transparency in 2017. PayScale’s Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR) revealed that 49 percent of organizations were at level 1 transparency in 2016, although only 27 percent are aiming for level 1 transparency in 2017. Learn More About Our Compensation Software.

Guiding Discussions About Talent Markets

Compensation Today

The quest to understand how businesses are competing in the market for jobs would be a lot easier if you had a crystal ball. We all know we are competing in the ‘market,’ but how do you define what the market is? in order to provide an analysis of compensation trends and wages. The data should provide insight into jobs that are in demand and a meaningful understanding of how those jobs are being compensated. What is the compensation philosophy of the organization?

When You Need to Move Beyond Data for Pay Decisions

Compensation Today

We live, love and dream about data here at PayScale, and big data is driving business and pay decisions across industries and functions. But when it comes to data-based decision-making, there a few occasions when decisions about pay and compensation need to go beyond the data. Here are some examples: You Compete With a Different Location, Industry or Company Size for Talent. Learn More About Our Compensation Software. Data, data, data.

Building Salary Ranges for Beginners, Part 1

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By Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional “What’s the typical salary range for an administrative assistant?” Here at PayScale, we work with a lot of companies who are trying to determine typical salary ranges for their jobs. As an HR Professional, it is your job to identify when a compensation plan is needed and, more importantly, to educate your leadership team that creating pay ranges is good for the business.

Boese: 3 HR technologies that can help employers struggling to hire


Advertisement Unemployment Benefits There is anecdotal evidence that many small business owners, particularly in leisure and hospitality, feel that their compensation and benefits can’t compete with federal and state unemployment benefits.

HR Big Data Continues to Float to the Cloud

Compensation Today

Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger PayScale’s 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report indicates that HR technology will become hugely important in the coming years. Since PayScale last reported on this topic , many more companies have moved to cloud technology – as a way to create and manage complex compensation programs. The fact is, cloud computing is still adapting to the changing needs of the compensation and HR markets. Tess C.

Why Increasing Pay Isn’t Always the Answer

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Sonnet Lauberth, PayScale Compensation Professional In my time as a Compensation Professional at PayScale, I’ve helped over 75 organizations develop a co mpensation strategy and structure to suit their needs and spoke with hundreds of companies about the challenges they face regarding compensation. Time and time again, the top two challenges I hear are that they don’t have a compensation structure in place and/or they have employees who feel they are underpaid.

Top 16 Compensation Blog Posts from ’16 (Part Two)

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Yesterday we counted down the first half of the top 16 most viewed compensation blog posts from 2016. PayScale’s own Payroll Manager, Kate Jesse, breaks the facts down into human speak in this readable-but-technical post. #6: 5: White House Announces PayScale Commitment to Largest-Ever Non-Compete Data Collection. The fifth top Compensation Today post shared the announcement of the data-collection and we can’t wait to see the results! #4:

Your employees are probably looking for a better deal.will they find it?

Compensation Today

Crystal Spraggins, SPHR Today we’re releasing the much anticipated 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report. Based on data from more than 5,500 business leaders, the report reveals attitudes about compensation, hiring, and retention as the economy continues to recover from the recession. Says Brian Sommer, founder of Vital Analysis: “During the worst recession most employers have ever experienced, too many firms gave little thought to retention, compensation, and talent development.

Will recent pay increases for minimum wage workers affect those in higher earning brackets?

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Co-written by Mykkah Herner, PayScale Comp Specialist and Tess C.Taylor, Founder of HR Knows Around the nation, large corporations are taking the minimum wage issue to heart by instituting salary increases for their most underpaid workers. Based on PayScale data , users are split equally when it comes to raising minimum wage: 49.4 Talking about the minimum wage debate I sat down with PayScale’s Director of Professional Services, Mykkah Hermer, to talk about this issue.

The Free Trap: Why Free Data Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

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Kari Van Hoof, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional The internet is a great and wondrous thing, where with just a few key word searches, you can find anything and everything, including pay data. Does the data reflect your organization’s compensation strategy? Since compensation is often an organization’s largest operating expense, it’s important to get it right. Kari Van Hoof, CCP, is a Compensation Professional at PayScale.