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2009 pay survey provides valuable insight for Welsh business

Tuesday 22 September 2009

The most recent in a series of surveys carried out by the employment relations service, Acas and the Glamorgan Business School, has found that despite the economic climate 40% of Welsh employers reported facing difficulties in recruiting some employees.

The latest pay and conditions survey conducted in December 2008 highlights that occupations where recruitment is most difficult include engineering, technical positions and senior management.

The survey also suggests some interesting trends in salary increases since the 2002 survey with the pay of graduate trainee posts up an average of 35%, the average pay for factory managers increasing by 25% and for general managers by 17.5%. In contrast other occupations have seen little change. For example results from the survey indicate that average pay rates for security staff increased by only 5% between 2002 and 2009.

In line with findings elsewhere 59% of the organisations who took part in the survey have a group personal pension scheme and 60% have a group stakeholder pension scheme. The survey also found that 51% of organisations do not have a final salary occupational pension.

Acas Wales Director, Gareth Petty, said:

"With many Welsh businesses struggling in the current climate, this latest report gives us a better understanding of pay rates and conditions. The majority of those who responded to the survey were from the manufacturing sector which we know has been under pressure in Wales in recent months, particularly the automotive industry. I hope employers and trade unions find this information useful in pay negotiations. Acas Wales is seeing evidence of pay freezes and minimal increases, which is a trend that may continue in the coming months."

Professor Duncan Lewis of Glamorgan Business School commented:

"This latest survey shows that whilst some jobs have done very well in terms of pay increases, others have not moved forward as far. When you take into account inflation and other economic factors, some jobs are actually paying less than they used to."

For further information and to order a copy of the report contact Hywel Hopkin on 029 2076 8106 or 07769 742260 or email

pdf icon Wales Annual Pay & Conditions Survey [322kb]

Note to editors

1. The bulk of the information was obtained from the Personnel Management Groups co-ordinated by Acas (Wales) in South, West and North Wales regions and the analysis was carried out by the Centre for Research on Workplace Behaviours at Glamorgan Business School. The focus of the information contained in this report is the data on pay and salary levels for 56 occupations included in the survey. Additional information related to absence, holiday, shift working arrangements and pensions are also included as are responses to a range of other jobs.

The report documents the results of pay and conditions for 125 organisations across Wales. All results were analysed by the Centre for Research on Workplace Behaviours at the University of Glamorgan Business School.

The Centre for Research on Workplace Behaviours has been established by the University of Glamorgan to begin to address some of the emerging issues relating to workplace behaviours that are to be found in many of today's organisations. The Centre has been established with a view to helping managers and their staff to conduct appropriate research into matters affecting them at work; and to use that research to put in place positive strategies and interventions to create more meaningful, productive, and positive workplaces.

2. Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training, and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.

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