Initial results of Aon's Pay Increase Survey expect salary jump of 3 per cent
in 2011

Preliminary findings also identify overall diminishing trend of salary freezes since 2009 downturn; fulsome report available in September

TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - Nearing the completion of its data harvesting period, Aon's annual Pay Increase Survey shows strong signs that organizations are slowing down on freezing salaries. Among the 184 organizations surveyed to date, only 1 out of 25 participants expect to freeze salaries in 2011. This is a dramatic difference from previous years when 1 out of 6 respondents implemented salary freezes in 2010 compared to 1 out of 3 in 2009 (see details www.aon.ca/surveys/rr/Aug-RapidReady.pdf).

Overall, the dampening impact on salaries caused by the 2009 economic crisis is subsiding. Most employers are expecting to be in a position to afford more aggressive salary increases than they have implemented in recent years.

Initial data is indicating that organizations are earmarking higher salary increases than in 2010. Our projections indicate that salary increase budgets will be approximately 3 per cent of payroll in 2011. In recent years organizations have overall remained cautious with salary increases, Aon's preliminary survey results indicate that organizations allocated a salary increase budget of 2.5 per cent in 2010. In addition, organizations are holding salary structure increases steady at 2 per cent.

"While these are preliminary results, it nonetheless reflects an overriding upward momentum among Canadian organizations with respect to annual employee pay increases," notes Scott Bunker, national leader of the firm's Human Capital practice, "We look forward to sharing our final analysis in the fall, along with any knowledge and insights that will complement data regarding the evolving total rewards landscape."

About Aon Consulting Canada

Aon Consulting is one of Canada's leading integrated human capital consulting and outsourcing firms. Our more than 800 Canadian professionals in 12 offices coast-to-coast offer benefits, talent management and rewards strategies and solutions to help clients attract, retain and develop world-class talent. Driven by inspired and independent thinking, Aon Consulting is committed to delivering innovative and personalized business solutions with tangible value to help clients shape their organization into the workplace of the future. For more information, visit http://aon.ca.

SOURCE AON CONSULTING CANADA

For further information: For further information: Media Contact, Autom Tagsa, 416-542-5659, autom.tagsa@aon.ca; Marilynne Madigan, 416-230-9699

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