Higher salary increases in the private sector in 2017 than initially estimated, PwC study reveals

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The average salary increases budgeted in the private companies for 2017 are higher than those initially estimated, according to the data of the PwC study HR Barometer.

Companies that took part in the HR Barometer study indicated an average salary increase of 4.5 percent for 2017, compared to 3.8 percent estimated in April 2016. The highest average salary increase was reported in the Retail & Distribution sector (5.6 percent), while the lowest was in the banking sector (2.5 percent). With the exception of the banking sector, the salary increases budgeted for 2017 by the private companies are higher than those initially estimated (i.e. in April 2016) for all sectors analysed in the survey.

“The Government’s decision to increase the minimum wage, both in 2016, as well as in 2017, had a major impact in the economic sectors where there is a high percentage of employees paid with the minimum wage. That is the main reason why Retail & Distribution companies reported the highest average wage increases, as well as why the highest salary increases were recorded for the blue collar segment, compared with the market average for all staff (5.9 percent compared to 4.5 percent),” Horatiu Cocheci, Senior Manager, Leader of the Human Resources Consulting Team of PwC Romania stated.

He notes such measures generate also risks for the business sustainability, especially in situations where the increase in salary costs is not correlated with the organizational performance.

“In this context, it is necessary for organizations to create the proper contexts to enable the increased performance of the employee and, at the same time, to define proper programs for recognition and reward,” Cocheci added.

As for salary increases in 2016, these have also proved to be higher than initially planned (4.2 percent compared to 3.9 percent).

Also, the data of HR Barometer 2017 indicate an increase in the termination rate for labor contracts compared to last year (20.7 percent versus 18.7 percent).

“The increased dynamic of the labor force is also a phenomenon that puts pressure on wages, with companies having to adapt their budgets and salary policies to attract the employees they need in order to meet their business objectives. More than that, counterbalancing such dynamics has also an impact on the HR processes and activities – for example, the increase in the termination rate for labor contracts has also lead to an increase in the external recruitment rate (24 percent in 2016, compared to just 18.7 percent in the previous year),” Nicoleta Dumitru, Manager, Human Resources Consulting Services, PwC Romania said.

In other words, the volume of recruitments from outside the organization increased compared to previous year.


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