India to see 12.9 per cent salary hike in 2011: Aon Hewitt

Led by engineering services sector, the projected jump of 12.9 per cent in salaries for this year is higher than the actual increase of 11.7 per cent seen in 2010.

Global HR consultancy group Aon Hewitt today said India is likely to see the highest pay hike in the Asia-Pacific region, followed by China (9 per cent) and Philippines (7 per cent).
"India's salary rise would also be among the highest in the world... companies are growing fast and demand is rising due to good economic growth," Aon Hewitt's India Practice Leader (Compensation) Nitin Sethi told reporters here today.

Among the sectors, engineering services are expected to witness the maximum hike of 14.4 per cent while it would be 14 per cent each in automotive and energy (oil/gas/power) segments.

Information technology and outsourcing (ITES) sectors are projected to see a salary increase of 12 per cent and 11.9 per cent, respectively.

Going by the Aon Hewitt's Annual Salary Increase Survey, media industry would witness a hike of 13.4 per cent in 2011.

The findings are based on a survey of 531 organisations conducted over December 2010 to January 2011.

Sethi noted that double-digit salary increases would continue for the next couple of years and is expected to be "12-15 per cent" across industries.

"The positive growth estimate is owing to sustained increase in domestic consumption, investment in infrastructure, continued momentum in services and efforts towards fiscal consolidation," Aon Hewitt said.

On the other hand, Sethi said that attrition is also at high levels, touching 18.9 per cent last year.

Among the employee groups, junior manager/supervisor/ professional level employees are projected to see a hike of 13.3 per cent while top/senior management people are anticipated to get about 12.1 per cent rise this year.

The general/entry staff are likely to receive an salary increase of 12.7 per cent, which "can be attributed to high turnover rates coupled with high inflation rates pushing up the cost of living for these levels," Aon Hewitt said.

As per the survey, variable pay as part of total compensation is increasing, as entities are tying a greater percentage of salary to individual and overall company performance.

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