Aon Hewitt: Outlook For Salary Increases "Bleak"

A survey by human resources firm Aon Hewitt forecasts marginal salary gains next year, both in Houston and around the country.

The survey projects salary gains in Houston will average 3.3% in 2013. That’s better than the national average, expected to rise just %. But both fall far short of pre-recession salary hikes, which averaged 4% or higher.

Ken Abosch is Aon Hewitt’s marketing, strategy and development practice leader.

“The results are a continuation of a fairly bleak outlook from a salary increase standpoint. Most organizations are increasing their budgets just slightly, about one tenth of a percent, in terms of salary increase spending.”

Abosch credits higher-than-average raises in the energy sector for lifting Houston’s numbers. He says companies are likely to limit raises even after the economy rights itself as a way of holding down fixed costs. But he says they are budgeting much more heavily for bonuses.

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...