Mercer’s remuneration sentiment index measures human resources (HR) professionals’ outlook for Australian remuneration and the jobs market.
The remuneration sentiment index score for December is 8.9%. This represents a decrease of 9 percentage points compared to last month’s figure, indicating a less positive sentiment around remuneration this month.
In December, the majority of survey participants, 79%, reported that sentiment about the remuneration and jobs market within their organisations was the same as the last six months, with only 14% reporting it was better and 7% feeling it was worse.
When considering the overall remuneration and jobs market, responses about sentiment showed a more positive view of the market with 21% of the participating organisations reporting that sentiment was better than the last six months, 71% felt it was the same as the last six months, and 7% reported that sentiment was worse than in the last six months.
The third question in Mercer’s remuneration sentiment index relates to the outlook for the future, with poll participants being asked whether they expect their organisations’ remuneration budgets, hiring policies and/or overall sentiment about the jobs market to be better than, the same or worse than the last six months. The results showed that 79% of participants expect the situation to be the same in the next six months, 14% anticipate it will be better and 7% believe the situation will be worse.
Remuneration Sentiment Index
Source: Mercer's remuneration sentiment survey
Mercer clients were polled in December 2018 using three questions related to how they viewed the remuneration and jobs market for the previous six months, and then how they expect the next six months to be. Responses to these questions were collated and used to calculate the overall remuneration sentiment index.
The questions asked are presented below: