I’m always looking out for you, DD readers, so I’ll pass along some intel from my moles in the data services sphere. With pay cuts and freezes having practically the whole nation on ice, new survey results on HR compensation show some salary warmth in the labor relations function and HR pay overall is up in the health care sector.

Now, when I say warmth, I’m talking more like hot plate rather than raging wildfire. All the same, organizations providing data to both the 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 surveys on Human Resources Personnel Compensation by Watson Wyatt report that salary and total cash compensation increased an average of 3.2% and HR pros in the labor relations or legal function experienced the highest average salary increase at 3.4% and the highest average increase to total cash compensation at 4.7%.

The highest increase to salaries, 3.6%, was reported in the health care Sector, and the highest increase to total cash compensation was reported in the utilities and energy sector at 5.6%.

Five positions received total cash compensation increases of at least 5.5%:
* Executive compensation manager (no irony there, huh?).
* Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) Supervisor.
* Labor Relations Representative.
* Recruiting Assistant.
* Top Corporate Compensation and Benefits Executive.

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