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How Companies Reward Top-Performing Employees

The typical raise is still hovering around 3 percent, according to PayScale’s annual Compensation Best Practices Report. But employers are willing to pull out the stops to woo top-performing employees. From November 2019 to January 2020, PayScale gathered responses to its Compensation Best Practices Survey. Most of the 4,903 respondents identified as...

Survey: Remote Workers Love Remote Work – and Never Want to Go Back to the Office

Looking for research? View PayScale’s Research and Strategy Guide on How to Set Pay for Remote Workers   The majority of remote workers like the arrangement, according to the latest State of Remote Work survey from Buffer and AngelList. The annual survey, now in its third year, also shows that 98% of remote workers...

The Glass Ceiling Is Cracking. Now It’s Time to Fix the Broken Rung.

The biggest obstacle women face when aspiring to corporate leadership roles isn’t the glass ceiling. It’s the “broken rung” they encounter much earlier on the corporate ladder, according to the results of the fifth annual Women in the Workplace study. The Women in the Workplace study from McKinsey & Company and

Are Wages Growing? The PayScale Index Updates for Q4 2019

The PayScale Index, which measures the change in wages for employed U.S. workers, recently updated. The latest data shows that nominal wages grew 2.5% year over year for Q4 2019. That’s a substantial improvement over the Q3 update, which showed 0.6% year-over-year wage growth for the quarter. However, if you’re not feeling...

These 100 Companies Want to Hire You to Work From Home

Do you want to work from home? Your odds of landing a remote job might be better than you think. According to research, the number of U.S. workers who telecommute rose 159% between 2005 and 2017. You might also be surprised at the occupations that offer flexible work options. FlexJobs, which offers...

Gender Wage Gap? Not at Companies That Reveal This Secret

The gender wage gap persists, even when we control for factors like job title, education and experience. In 2019, according to PayScale data, women earned 79 cents for every dollar earned by men and 98 cents for every dollar earned by men with similar employment characteristics. However, the newest PayScale report suggests...

2019’s Hottest Jobs Are Very Different From 2018’s

Tech jobs are hot, but if you want a fast-growing, high-paying job, they’re far from the only game in town, according to PayScale’s survey. “Consumer spending is diversifying the labor force,” writes Sudarshan Sampath, director of research at PayScale, in his annual reflection on the year’s economic trends. “Last year, 6 out...

WalletHub: These Are the 10 Best Cities for Veterans

What makes a city a good place for veterans to live? According to a recent report from WalletHub, 2019’s Best & Worst Places for Veterans to Live, it’s a combination of economic opportunity, quality of life and support. WalletHub compared the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. across 20 metrics, including...

The PayScale Index Shows Steady Wage Growth. But Is the Economy Losing Its Spark?

This morning, PayScale released the updated PayScale Index, which tracks the change in pay for employed U.S. workers. The Q3 2019 PayScale Index showed that nominal wages increased 0.5% quarter-over-quarter. Year-over-year, wages grew 2.6% — respectable, but not the blockbuster growth one might expect, given the tight labor market. “Unemployment numbers hit...

Workers Value Flexibility Perhaps Even More Than Employers Realize

Flexible work options are increasingly common — and increasingly popular, too. More and more workers are setting flexibility as a priority when making job choices. For a long time, the words “flexibility” and “work” just didn’t mix, at least not for most workers. Some managers in certain industries might have enjoyed more...

CEO Pay Is Rising Much Faster Than Worker Salaries

Wage stagnation is a problem that’s having a profound impact on millions of American workers today. But it isn’t an issue for every worker. Those at the very top of the org chart often benefit from large salary increases. Everyone knows that you can expect to earn more, as a general rule,...

These Telecommuting Stats May Surprise You

According to a report from FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics (GWA), the number of remote workers in the U.S. increased 159% between 2005 and 2017. These telecommuting stats suggest that the trend isn’t slowing down any time soon. The FlexJobs/GWA report utilized data based on an analysis of the American Community Survey,...

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