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US - Kelly: Performance pay gains support

June 24 2013

Thirty-two percent of U.S. respondents to the annual global workforce survey by Kelly Services Inc. (NASD: KELYA) have their pay connected to some form of performance or productivity targets. The average across the globe was 44 percent.

Additional survey results in the U.S include:

  • When asked to choose between pay for overtime worked, or pay-for-performance, 45 percent preferred pay-for-performance and 49 percent chose paid overtime.
  • Thirty-nine percent agree that their current pay is equitable.
  • Among professional and technical employees, the highest rates of performance-based pay are in sales (68 percent), and marketing (44 percent). The lowest are in education (21 percent) and science (28 percent).

Among those not on performance-based pay, 40 percent said they would be more productive if they had their earnings linked to performance/productivity outcomes.

“There are many employees who are clearly confident in their ability to perform their jobs well, and they want the opportunity to be compensated according to their performance,” said Steve Armstrong, senior vice president and general manager of U.S. operations for Kelly Services.

The Kelly global workforce index is an annual survey conducted by Kelly Services. More than 120,000 people in 31 countries participated in the current survey, including nearly 12,000 in the United States.

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