Performance Awards Keep CEO, CFO Compensation on the Rise

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The median total compensation for CEOs and CFOs of companies in the S&P 500 continues to rise, according to Mercer’s recent analyses of compensation and benefits for these executive categories. Strong corporate profitability in recent years and the prevalence of performance awards such as long-term incentives in compensation packages continue to boost pay figures. Mercer’s compensation consultants analyzed proxy disclosures for the S&P 500 that disclosed compensation data for 2001 to 2013, with year-over-year percentage changes calculated on a company-by-company basis. “The high variable leverage is expected to continue,” said Stephen Mork, Partner with Mercer’s Executive Rewards practice. “Pressure from shareholder advisory services and advocacy groups, as well as repercussions from say-on-pay votes and stockholders’ increasing access to pay information, combine to ensure that variable pay continues to be a key driver at the executive level. And this is not limited to the US … Learn more

October 27, 2014 | Categories: Other | Tags: , , | 0 Comments | Leave a Comment »

Global Pension Index Highlights Diversity and Challenges

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The Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index compares retirement income systems in 25 countries representing 58% of the world’s population. The Index rates these systems based on their Adequacy (accounts for 40% of the overall score), Sustainability (35%), and Integrity (25%). This comes at a time when pension systems worldwide are under increasing pressure due to rising life expectancy, increased … Learn more

October 20, 2014 | Categories: Other | Tags: , , | 0 Comments | Leave a Comment »

Pay Raises in US Continue Steady Growth

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Compensation is the single biggest expense for most companies, and today’s continuing tough economics and limited internal resources are making compensation decisions all the more difficult. But recently, employers are loosening the purse strings, ever so slightly, and are concentrating limited resources on top talent, according to Mercer’s 2014/2015 US Compensation Planning Survey. More than … Learn more

October 13, 2014 | Categories: Other | Tags: | 0 Comments | Leave a Comment »

Retirement Ages Rise Over Past 10 Years

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The past 10 years have witnessed a significant change in many benefits provided by employers and mandated by governments, according to an analysis of a decade of Mercer’s annual Worldwide Benefit and Employment Guidelines (WBEG). The 2014 WBEG is now available and includes in-depth data for 64 countries on trends, overviews, statutory and typical benefits, employment conditions, and more. Among … Learn more

October 6, 2014 | Categories: Other | Tags: , , | 0 Comments | Leave a Comment »

Maternity Leave Makes Strong Gains in Last 10 Years

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Benefits come and benefits go, affecting family lifestyle, government expenditure, and employer policy. In the last 10 years, employees worldwide have witnessed a significant increase in maternity benefit generosity, according to an analysis of a decade of Mercer’s annual Worldwide Benefit and Employment Guidelines (WBEG). The 2014 WBEG is now available and includes in-depth data for 64 countries … Learn more

September 29, 2014 | Categories: Infographics | Tags: , , | 0 Comments | Leave a Comment »