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Pay and benefit survey

-  Top pay and benefits concern for organisations relates to pension fund investment

-  Executive pay issues are highest on the agenda for company heads

-  Four of five top pay and benefit concerns for finance directors are pensions-related

According to a new pay and benefits survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, over 6 in 10 organisations (63%) say their biggest concern is to ensure their pension fund investment arrangements are cost-effective and operationally efficient.

The survey, involving over 600 employers, asked respondents to rate the importance of a range of pension, benefit and pay issues to their organisation.  Across all respondents, the top four issues were pensions-related. Preparing for new pension tax limits next year, pension fund asset allocation strategy and pension risk and governance were all voted very important by more than half of respondents (56%, 54% and 52% respectively). 

"Pension scheme liabilities have come under intense scrutiny from finance directors over the last couple of years.  Because of this we have seen a shift in focus - pensions have moved from the HR agenda to become a finance issue, and this is reflected in the survey responses," says Peter Bowers, Worldwide Partner at Mercer.

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