2007 Worldwide Pay Survey - Salaries to Rise 5.9%

Globally, salaries are predicted to rise by an average of 5.9% next year - 1.9 percentage points above inflation - according to a study by Mercer Human Resource Consulting.

While the average pay in nearly two-thirds (63%) of the 60 countries surveyed, including the UK and US, is forecast to rise by between 1 and 3.5 percentage points above inflation, the report reveals interesting differences in pay and inflation trends around the world.  Salaries in Paraguay and China are predicted to outpace inflation by 6.4% and 5% respectively. Puerto Rico, Argentina and Ukraine rank lowest, with projected pay increases forecast at 4.5%, 3.2% and 2.3% below inflation respectively.

Despite continued economic growth in the US and Canada, wage inflation remains stable, with salaries in both countries likely to increase by 3.7% next year, with inflation at 2.4% and 2% in the US and Canada, respectively. 

In the UK, pay is projected to increase by 3.6%, with inflation at 1.9%. Germany is expected to have the lowest pay growth in the region at 2.3%, with inflation at 2.5%, leaving workers worse off in real terms. 

Workers in Indonesia and China, where multinational companies continue to set up operations, are predicted to receive pay rises of around 11.4% and 7.2%, respectively. Inflation in these countries is likely to be 6.6% and 2.2%, so in real terms employees in both countries will experience similar increases. In Singapore and Hong Kong, pay is forecast to rise by 4% and 3.6%, respectively, and inflation is likely to be around 1.9% and 2.1%.  

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