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Top trends in compensation

Note from the editor

Trends in compensation have evolved drastically in recent years, particularly when the labor market favored employees before the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Workers were increasingly sharing compensation information with co-workers, pushing employers toward pay transparency. And the #MeToo movement is said to have bolstered calls for pay parity.

Despite the pandemic-driven market flip, employees seem to have retained their voice and leverage, meaning these phenomena may stick around. The events of 2020 also pushed employers to be more accountable with respect to diversity and inclusion initiatives, driving some to tie executive compensation to advancement in that space.

These shifts and more are examined in the stories below. We hope you enjoy this deep dive into compensation trends.

Kate Tornone Lead Editor

How pay bands can improve retention, drive engagement

While not necessary, such structures can help employers track pay equity and enhance the employee journey.

Will remote workers who move be paid less? Not necessarily, employers say

Though cutting pay for those who relocate outside popular talent hubs may be employers' "gut reaction," there's more to consider, one source told HR Dive.

Pay transparency takes center stage as more workers talk wages

From video game publishers to coffee shops, pay disclosures are rattling HR. Sources say employers need to be careful when forming a response.

Pay parity: What is it and how does an employer get there?

Fair compensation requires both awareness and action, sources told HR Dive.

Why do pay gaps persist for US workers with disabilities?

Though the ADA is a "foundational" law, it isn't necessarily sufficient to tackle compensation disparities, one source told HR Dive.

Who's linking executive compensation to D&I progress?

As employers formulate answers to the nationwide call for racial equality, many have boosted their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Latest developments in compensation trends for 2021

Trends in compensation have evolved drastically in recent years, particularly when the labor market favored employees before the coronavirus pandemic took hold. With diversity and inclusion initiatives being at top of mind, many HR leaders are tackling the issue of pay gaps and disparities.

included in this trendline
  • Pay transparency takes center stage as more workers talk wages
  • Will remote workers who move be paid less?
  • How pay bands can improve retention, drive engagement
Our Trendlines go deep on the biggest trends. These special reports, produced by our team of award-winning journalists, help business leaders understand how their industries are changing.
Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.