New Delhi: Employees
in India can expect a salary increase of about 11.9 percent at the
end of the current financial year, a study said Tuesday.
Pharmaceutical and engineering services are projected to give the
"India has outpaced Asia Pacific yet again with the highest salary
increase in the region, followed by China and the Philippines,
projecting a 9.5 percent and a 6.9 percent salary increase in
2012, respectively," Aon Hewitt, the global human resource
consulting and outsourcing business of Aon Corporation, said in
its annual India salary increase survey.
However, the hike is lower as compared to 12.6 percent during the
like period of the previous financial year.
"The number mirrors a positive yet cautious outlook as
organizations strive to take a balanced view in light of the
uncertain economic environment."
The junior and middle management were still expected to get the
highest increase for 2012 at 12.3 percent and 12 percent
respectively, it added.
The frontrunner pharmaceutical industry is projected to give 13.3
percent hike to its employees. The industry is riding high on
surging year-on-year growth with a compound annual growth rate of
"The domestic industry's long-established position as a world
leader in the production of high-quality generic medicines is set
to reap significant new benefits as the patents on a number of
drugs are scheduled to expire over the next few years," the survey
Engineering services, which are expected to give the second
highest salary increase of 13 percent, is a niche sector and is
slated to reach $15-$16 billion by 2015.
The power sector, affected extensively by the fuel (coal) price
problem, project delays due to challenges in land acquisition, and
regulatory and environmental clearances, projects a modest 11.1
percent salary increase.
Information Technology (IT) and outsourcing sectors report a
relatively positive outlook on salary increases with 11.9 percent
and 11.8 percent projections respectively despite their continuing
concerns with the global economy.
Telecom and financial institutions are projecting the lowest
salary increases for 2012 at 11 and 10 percent respectively,
plagued as they are by various regulatory hurdles, policy issues
and the slowdown in the global economy.