Competitive pay continues to put a pinch on small businesses everywhere. There is a balance of trying to attract great employees and tradesmen while maintaining a budget for your business. In this blog, we are going to explore what it means to offer competitive pay for your team.
"Competitive pay" refers to the practice of offering salaries and wages that are comparable or competitive with the prevailing rates in the job market for similar positions. It is a crucial aspect of attracting and retaining top talent within a company.
Today, it is no secret that top talent expects to be paid top dollar. Even with a developed recruiting program, a strong, positive culture, and a comprehensive benefits package, it will be difficult for your company to attract and retain the best employees without a competitive pay policy.
Most HR professionals suggest that being competitive with compensation means paying an average of 5-10 percent more or less than the market average pay for a job or a group of jobs.
The market average rate is the typical compensation for a particular job or group of jobs. This rate can vary nationally, regionally, and locally based on factors such as cost of living, industry standards, and economic conditions. Companies aim to align their pay structures with or slightly above this market average to remain competitive.
A pay survey, also known as a salary survey or compensation review, is a common practice for many organizations to understand the current market rate for similar positions in their geographic area. It is important to conduct a pay survey regularly. It is a valuable tool for organizations to stay competitive in the job market, attract and retain talent, and ensure legal compliance. Your business can then make informed decisions about employee and trade compensation and develop best practices. Ensuring business takes a proactive approach for managing human resources and maintaining a competitive edge in the ever-evolving business landscape.
Competitive pay is not just about base salaries. It also includes considering the overall compensation package, which may include bonuses, benefits, stock options, retirement plans, and other job perks. A comprehensive and appealing total compensation package can enhance the overall competitiveness of a company.
At ClarityHR we recommend maintaining a competitive pay range of 5-10 percent above or below the market average. Offering salaries within this range helps companies attract and retain skilled employees. Paying significantly below market average may result in difficulty attracting top talent, while paying excessively above market rates might strain the company's budget.
Competitive pay is crucial for both attracting new talent and retaining existing high-performing employees. Skilled professionals are likely to consider multiple job offers and will be more inclined to stay with a company that offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Compensation is not always attributed to employees. We can also learn a lot about retention strategies with contract labor. Keeping our contractors happy is just as important as an employee. We wrote a fantastic blog article about this topic for retaining trades HERE.
Different industries may have different standards for compensation. Understanding the specific dynamics of your industry and tailoring your pay policies to align with industry benchmarks is essential for remaining competitive.
The job market and economic conditions can change, affecting the competitiveness of your pay structure. Regularly reviewing and adjusting compensation policies based on market trends and changes in demand for certain skills is necessary to stay competitive over time. When great employees you have depended on for years have salaries that are not comparable to those you would offer a new employee it is called wage compression. We wrote a great blog article about it HERE.
Determining wages is an ongoing process that requires a combination of market research, internal analysis, and consideration of various factors to create a fair, competitive, and sustainable compensation structure. Regular reviews and adjustments are essential to ensure that the organization remains competitive in attracting and retaining top talent.
Click here for more information on wage statistics and pay averages check out the US Bureau of Labor Statistic HERE.
Creating competitive pay for new employees requires understanding of all the different factors that go into developing competitive compensations packages. At ClartiyHR we can help align your company's compensation practices with the prevailing market rates to attract and retain high-quality talent.
It's not just about offering the highest salaries. It is about striking the right balance to remain attractive to potential employees while maintaining fiscal responsibility for your small business. Contact us today to learn more.