Compensation and Benefit Trends 2018: Modest Increase in Salaries as Voluntary Turnover Rises in Thailand

BANGKOK, THAILAND  -  Media OutReach  -  15 November 2018  -  The average salary increase across industries surveyed in Thailand is expected to rise slightly from 5.2% to 5.3% in 2019, according to the Total Compensation Measurement (TCM) Study and Benefit Survey 2018 conducted by Ao n (NYSE: AON), a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement, and health solutions. Companies in the Life Sciences industry (Pharmaceutical) report the highest increase rate at 7.2% as a result of superior business performance across the industry and an increased focus on retaining good talent.  

Performance level of employees continues to drive pay with top performers getting higher total variable pay than other employees on average.

The survey also reveals that turnover rate in 2018 has increased to 16.9% from 16.6% in 2017. This is driven mainly by a growing job market and a younger workforce. From the study, top three reasons that attribute to turnover are 1) better external opportunity, 2) limited growth opportunity internally, and 3) equity of compensation .

Mr. Panuwat Benrohman, Partner and Managing Director-- Talent, Rewards and Performance, Aon Thailand said: "Increase in turnover isn't surprising in the current business landscape. The new generation workforce generally does not want to wait for a year to earn an average salary increase when they can get a much higher increase with a change of employer." 

Other key findings of the Thailand TCM Study and Benefit Survey 201 8 are:

  • The average bonus rate is at 2.03 months or 16.94% of annual base salary.
  • Top five employee benefits provided by organisations in 2018 are:

1. Medical Inpatient

2. Medical Outpatient

3. Retirement Benefit (Provident Fund)

4. Group Accidental Insurance 

5. Life Insurance

  • Highest employee benefits costs are towards:

1. Company Car and Transport Allowance

2. Retirement

3. Medical Outpatient

  • Benefit strategy over the next three years will focus on evaluating new benefits to suit employees' evolving needs to boost engagement.

Mr. Panuwat added: "The key challenge faced by HR professionals in this age of disruption is how to attract and retain the right talent, as well as maintain healthy dynamics between new and existing employees. Thai companies must invest in creating a holistic employee experience and motivate current and future top talent to achieve  their business objectives."

The Total Compensation Measurement Study and Benefit Survey includes more than 1,700 participating organisations across 180 countries around the world. This year, there were 146 participating organisations across all key industries in Thailand.

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