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10 nations where most businesses will offer salary hikes

Last updated on: April 4, 2013 10:30 IST

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The good news for the global economy is that two-thirds of businesses (66%) are planning to offer workers a pay rise at least in line with inflation, says a Grant Thornton International Business Report report.

Employees in Latin America (86%), the Nordic region (84%),North America (79%) and South EastAsia (75%) are most likely to get a pay rise in 2013.

Workers in the Eurozone (56%), especially in Southern Europe (35%), are least likely to get a raise, says the Grant Thornton report. In fact, 31% of businesses in Greece and 10% in Spain plan to reduce salaries over the next 12 months.

Take a look at the 10 countries where maximum number of businesses are set to offer 'real' salary increases (those above the rate of inflation)...

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Thailand (Rank 1)

Thailand tops the rankings with 42% of businesses planning to offer salary hikes in the next 12 months.

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Peru (Rank 2)

Percentage of businesses offering a salary hike: 29% 

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Brazil (Rank 3)

Percentage of businesses offering a salary hike: 29%

In Brazil, interest rates have fallen to record lows with the central bank apparently tolerating inflation above 5% in a bid to stimulate the economy.

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India (Rank 4)

Percentage of businesses offering a salary hike: 28%

India is among countries that offer higher salaries and higher selling prices, suggesting the central bank will have to closely monitor an inflation rate.

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Chile (Rank 5)

Percentage of businesses offering a salary hike: 28%

Rising inflation over the next 12 months is a big challenge in Chile.

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Turkey

Percentage of businesses offering a salary hike: 26%

Turkey faces a wage-price spiral, a vicious cycle where the two sides of the wage bargain (employers and employees) try to keep up with inflation to protect real incomes (profits and salaries).

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South Africa

Percentage of businesses offering a salary hike: 26%

South Africa also faces a threat from rising inflation.

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Germany (Rank 8)

Percentage of businesses offering a salary hike: 23%

Germany appears to help boost consumer demand by raising salaries faster than selling prices.

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Australia (Rank 10)

Percentage of businesses offering a salary hike: 22%

Inflation is a major challenge in Australia.

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New Zealand (Rank 10)

Percentage of businesses offering a salary hike: 21%



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