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No Surprise: Most Employees Unhappy With Salary

60% women feel non-monetary benefits are equally essential as higher salaries; 70% of dissatisfied respondents say salary structures are not in line with market standards; only 30% satisfied with maternity & paternity benefits

Photo Credit : The Policy Times,, one of India’s end to end online recruitment and career solutions portals, has released the outcome of its survey on the Employee Satisfaction on their Salary Structure. The survey was conducted across Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Pune; and covered 10 sectors; IT, Telecom, ITES, Retail, Education, Media & Entertainment, Infrastructure, BFSI, Healthcare and Logistics. The report examines and throws light on the satisfaction levels of employees with their salary structures.

Mr. Ajay Kolla, founder and CEO, said, “Millennials, known as the Gen Y, make up the largest chunk of employees in most organizations. We are also seeing a growing proportion of Gen Z employees, to be precise those in their early 20s’, are being taken on-board every year. Considering the overall generic prerequisites, companies are adapting to the mindsets of this young workforce by redesigning compensation structures to bring them in line with their expectations.” He further added and said, “ Apart from this, we also see that the companies to offer innovative perks and benefits to employees in order to make their job offers seem more enticing.”

Below are key findings of the survey:

• 53% of those surveyed felt that the fixed or base component of their salary is the most important factor while around 42% said that variable or differential pay was important to them.

• Salary structure continues to be seen as the defining factor when it comes to a professional taking up a new job or deciding to stay with an employer, with nearly 80% of the respondents giving it a high weightage.

• 62% Gen Z employees said they are not content with their current salaries structures along with 46% of the Gen Y employees. The overall % of discontent employees of those surveyed are 54%.

• Nearly 70% of those dissatisfied with their salaries structure felt that it was not in line with market standards while 30% felt that it was not commensurate with the responsibilities being handled by them.

• Of Gen Z employees, 58% said they want higher ‘take-home’ salaries where as only 28% of them said they would prefer more non-monetary benefits such as medical/health insurance coverage, flexible work arrangements and post-retirement benefits.

• The Gen Y employees 44% said they would prefer more non-monetary benefits such as medical/health insurance coverage, flexible work arrangements and post-retirement benefits, however only 39% said they want higher ‘take-home’ salaries.

• Among non-monetary components of their salary structures, those surveyed were most dissatisfied with child-related benefits and retirement benefits.

• The respondents showed the following levels of satisfaction with non-monetary components:

o Telecommuting – 55%
o Flexible timings – 48%
o Maternity & Paternity benefits – 30%
o Retirement benefits – 28%

• Almost 30% of Gen Y and 18% of Gen Z employees preferred work-from-home benefits over increased salaries.

• While nearly 60% of women surveyed felt non-monetary benefits to be equally important as higher salaries, only 30% men felt so. However, among men with more than 6 years of experience, this number rose to 45%.

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