Global professional services firm Aon said salaries in India are expected to increase 10.4 percent in 2023, compared to an actual increase of 10.6 percent to date in 2022. The study analysed data from 1,300 companies across 40 industries in India. Globally, India has the highest salary increase in 2022 to date.

Furthermore, the attrition rate for the first half of 2022 continued to be high at 20.3 percent, only marginally lower than the 21 per cent recorded in 2021, thus retaining the pressure on salaries. This trend is expected to continue for the next few months.

Roopank Chaudhary, partner, Human Capital Solutions at Aon in India, said: “Despite the global recessionary headwinds and volatile domestic inflation, salary increases projected in India for 2023 are in the double-digits. This increase is a reflection of the confidence that corporate India has on its strong business performance. Business leaders, however, must make decisions that ensure their workforce remain resilient today as well as into the future. They need to review their total rewards strategies and balance the impact of rising costs and salary pressures with a relatively high rate of attrition and the ongoing demand for critical talent.” 

The survey also found that four out of the five sectors that are expected to have the highest projected salary increase are technology-related and experience the highest volatility and impact of current global economic uncertainty. With an expected salary increase of 12.8 percent, e-commerce leads sectors with the highest projected increase, followed by start-ups at 12.7 per cent, hi-tech/information technology and information technology-enabled services at 11.3 per cent, and financial institutions at 10.7 percent.

Jang Bahadur Singh, Director, Human Capital Solutions at Aon in India, said: “Volatility is a key determinant of salary increases by industries – the top salary increases are in the most volatile industries. As the broader economic circumstances impact the talent landscape, businesses must create holistic rewards strategies unique to their situation and sector to retain and attract the talent they need. Data-driven insights give employers the clarity and confidence needed to make better decisions and build a resilient workforce across sectors.”

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