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SALARY SCALE DESIGN eBOOK: STRATEGY, STRUCTURE, AND SYNTHESIS

The salary scale is the single most important document in human resources. It tells you everything you need to know about an organization. Designing a salary scale requires skill and expertise, balancing the internal considerations and team dynamics with the external market. It’s an art form, not just math.

Scale Design
SALARY SCALES: DEFINING YOUR ORGANIZATION’S REACH

A salary scale is essential for any organization. It affects all other areas of HR – from recruitment, to pay management, career development, and promotion. It also illustrates an organization’s values in terms of how it positions itself in the market and a demonstration of its internal pay policies –…

Salary Surveys
FIVE STEPS TO BENCHMARK YOUR COMPANY’S COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

When organizations look to introduce new positions, salary benchmarking ensures a good understanding of the prevailing market conditions. Here’s a short checklist – five steps – to follow for your next benchmarking exercise.

Measuring Skills
PAY FOR PERFORMANCE – HR’S BIGGEST EPIC FAIL

In Birches Group, we believe that pay movement should reflect one’s experience. As an employee gains more experience in their job over time, they develop a deeper understanding of their role and accumulate the necessary skills that enable them to be more efficient and produce results of increasing quality. Linking…

Scale Design
SALARY SCALE CASE STUDY: INTERNATIONAL POTATO CENTER (CIP)

The International Potato Center (commonly known as CIP) is part of the CGIAR consortium of research centers dedicated to agricultural research and food security. With headquarters in Lima, Peru, and country offices in 20 developing countries, CIP was facing stiff competition for talent and other issues with their pay structure.…

Scale Design
SALARY SCALE CASE STUDY: RIGHT TO PLAY

Right To Play, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, was experiencing challenges in attracting and retaining talent for their programs in more than 20 developing countries around the world. Their compensation system was still based on a cost of living approach, rather than cost of labor. Internal job grading had been developed,…

Scale Design
SALARY SCALE CASE STUDY: INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (IIE)

The Institute of International Education developed a strong, market-driven approach to compensation for their field offices, including salary structures and a consistent grading system. But they lacked the internal resources to maintain the structures across a very diverse group of countries. They faced additional challenges in selected markets due to…

Scale Design
SALARY SCALE CASE STUDY: ELIZABETH GLASER PEDIATRIC AIDS FOUNDATION (EGPAF)

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation was seeking assistance with the management of their compensation program. Prior to engaging Birches Group, they centralized the responsibilities for pay management at headquarters and created salary structures. But the team recognized the need for professional guidance and expertise.

Salary Surveys
MANAGING COMPENSATION WHEN UNCONTROLLABLE EVENTS OCCUR

A Special Measures Policy is a way to assist managers and staff when a crisis occurs. The policy outlines what the company will do when certain uncontrollable events occur. Read more to learn about our recommendations.