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2012 Report Now available!

“And the survey says…”
Associated Industries’ 2012 Inland Northwest
Compensation Survey (INCS) shows region still impacted from 2007 slow-down

Perhaps you thought that compensation issues would have begun to subside in the wake of the more positive economic news we hear lately. However, two and one-half years into this “recovery” from the 2007 recession, uncertainty is still high, leaving employers wondering how to attract and keep valued employees while not “breaking the bank” in the process. 

Since 1988, Associated Industries (A.I.) has conducted the Inland Northwest Compensation Survey (INCS) annually to gather key compensation and benefit trends and to pinpoint typical pay rates for over 100 of the most in-demand jobs throughout the region. The Survey offers valuable information employers can use to make compensation decisions easier.

INCS collects information regarding cross-industry jobs found in most organizations as well as jobs related to specific industries. in 2009, we added tools to capture how pay and staffing practices are being impacted by the current economy. Since the U.S. economic downturn, the wage and salary environment has remained unlike any we have experienced since the survey began. The 2012 INCS Survey shows:

  • Forty-five percent of respondents plan modest staffing increases in the next year, up from 33 percent last year.

  • Broad-based pay cuts for non-management employees have not been reported since 2010.

  • Layoff rates are at or near the lows for the four year period.

  • Generalized pay raises showed a gradual improvement for three years, but seem to have stalled in 2012.

The Inland Northwest Compensation Survey also provides information on health insurance contribution rates, vacation, sick leave and other paid time off, merit pay and other information helpful for employers attempting to develop budgets and compensation for the coming year.

You can still get our valuable compensation information!
  A.I. Members: Non-Participant     $145.00
  Non-Members: Non-Participant:  $300.00

If you have questions about this Report, or would like to place an order, contact Bill Sweigert at 509.777.2658 or toll free at 800.274.5309.

Bill Sweigert, SPHR
Vice President of Training &
Business Development



This course involves case studies applying the Listen-Ask-Build model to early interventions to correct poor work behaviors and performance through clarity about effects on the organization, active listening as causes are explored, taking a firm stand, gaining employee commitment, effective follow-up and discipline. (Custom briefings and mini-seminars also available upon request.)

Cost: Member: $170; NonMember: $280
Dates: Tuesday, October 22, 2012
Time: 8:30am-noon
Presenter: Bill Sweigert
Location: Associated Industries 1206 N. Lincoln, Spokane, WA
More information: TO REGISTER ONLINE, Click Here.

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