Technology Companies in Asia-Pacific Plan for Robust Salary Increases in 2019

Friday, Nov 09, 2018 11:30

  • Salary budgets are expected to increase in China, India, Japan and South Korea in 2019, but remain flat at 4.0% in Singapore
  • The prevalence of technology companies across Asia-Pacific with aggressive hiring plans rose for the second consecutive quarter. In Singapore, the percentage of technology companies that plan to hire aggressively increased to 4.9%

 

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 9 November 2018Salary increase budgets at technology companies are expected to increase in China, India, Japan and South Korea in 2019 according to new data from Radford, a division of the rewards solutions practice at Aon plc (NYSE: AON). In Singapore, salary budgets are expected to remain flat at 4.0% in 2019. The fast-growth, developing markets of China and India report the highest increases in salaries at 7.8% and 10.5%, respectively.

 

 

Median Overall Salary Increase Budgets

Market

2018 Actual

2019 Planned

Australia

3.4%

3.3%

China

7.2%

7.8%

Hong Kong

4.2%

4.0%

India

10.4%

10.5%

Japan

2.8%

3.0%

Singapore

4.0%

4.0%

South Korea

4.6%

4.8%

Taiwan

4.0%

4.0%

Source: Radford Global Technology Survey Quarterly Workforce Trends Report, Q3 2018

 

Meanwhile, technology companies across Asia-Pacific also report increasingly optimistic hiring plans despite battling high employee turnover at the same time. The prevalence of technology companies reporting aggressive hiring plans-- defined as actively planning and recruiting for organisational growth-- increased during the third quarter of this year in five of eight key Asia-Pacific markets. In Singapore, the percentage of technology companies that plan to hire aggressively increased for the second consecutive quarter to 4.9%. Companies reporting aggressive hiring plans in India saw the biggest jump with an increase from 16.8% in Q2 2018 to 21.1% in Q3 2018.

 

Percentage of Technology Companies Reporting Aggressive Hiring Plans

Market

Q2 2018

Q3 2018

Australia

6.9%

5.9%

China

9.2%

8.6%

Hong Kong

1.8%

2.4%

India

16.8%

21.1%

Japan

4.0%

4.8%

Singapore

4.4%

4.9%

South Korea

2.2%

2.9%

Taiwan

2.5%

1.2%

Source: Radford Global Technology Survey Quarterly Workforce Trends Report, Q3 2018

 

Voluntary employee turnover-- another key metric on the health of the overall technology sector-- is up for the past quarter in six out of eight markets. Voluntary employee turnover is highest in Australia at 13.8% followed by China (13.7%), Singapore (13.2%) and India (12.6%).

 

Average Voluntary Employee Turnover at Technology Companies

Market

Q2 2018

Q3 2018

Australia

12.8%

13.8%

China

12.4%

13.7%

Hong Kong

10.9%

12.2%

India

12.7%

12.6%

Japan

10.1%

9.7%

Singapore

12.0%

13.2%

South Korea

8.4%

8.5%

Taiwan

9.2%

10.2%

Source: Radford Global Technology Survey Quarterly Workforce Trends Report, Q3 2018

 

While salary increase budgets are forecasted to be up in several markets, merit increases alone won't be enough to hire, engage and retain talent in a hot labor market. "Companies must assess what jobs are needed for future growth and hire for those roles in a competitive marketplace while also engaging and retaining their current talent when many other job opportunities exist. Businesses with a voluntary turnover of above 10% should evaluate their employee value proposition and talent practices carefully" says Alexander Krasavin, Partner and Radford Leader for Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.

 

About Radford


Radford partners with technology and life sciences companies to reimagine their approach to rewards, empowering them to achieve superior levels of people and business performance. Radford is part of Aon plc (NYSE: AON). For more information, please visit radford.aon.com.

 

About Aon


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