Employees across corporate India are expected to get a lower average salary hike of 11.54% in 2012 compared to last year as companies are grappling with sluggish economic activities, a survey said.
As per the survey conducted by HR consulting firm Right Step Consulting, the salary hikes for India would decline to 11.54% in 2012 from 11.89% in 2011.
"After having grown at the rate of 8.4% over the last two years the Indian economy slowed down considerably in the year ended March 2012 and the lower than expected growth in economy at only 6.9% is reflecting in the Indian corporate sector's lower outlook for compensation hikes for its employees," Right Step Consulting Director Vishal Bhargava said.
The drop in salary hikes is expected across both services and manufacturing sectors. While manufacturing sector is expecting a salary hike of 11.58% as against 11.91% in 2011, the service space is expecting a salary increase of 11.49% compared to 11.87% last year.
"Drop in salary hikes in manufacturing sector was expected given that sector's estimated growth rate in 2011-12 at 3.9% is a drop of almost 50% as compared to 7.6% in the previous year," Bhargava said.
Among the sector, prominent core sectors such as power, steel, mining and construction are all expecting a lower salary hike.
"Besides, the drop in expected salary hikes in services is on account of sharp drop in telecom and drops in sectors like retail, IT software, BFSI and travel/hospitality," he added.
"Drop in foreign MNCs is marginally higher from 12.17% in 2011 to 11.73% in 2012 a decline of 44 basis points as compared to Indian companies which are expecting a drop from 11.71% to 11.41% a drop of 30 basis points," Bhargava said.
Reflecting economic uncertainties and slow down in the home markets of foreign MNCs which is an additional concern for their India operations.