Most US companies are not planning to reverse the pay cuts made in executive salaries during the economic crisis in the next six months despite the improving economic climate, a survey by HR consultancy Watson Wyatt says.
According to the survey, companies are focusing more on long term shifts towards better pay-for-performance and assessing their compensation programs within the new context of risk management.
About 63 per cent of companies are currently not planning to reverse or restore changes made to executive salaries in the next six months, the survey revealed.
Amid preparation for continuing increased public scrutiny of executive pay, the report stated, many companies are avoiding further short-term changes.
The survey revealed that only two per cent were considering short-term changes such as reducing salaries, as compared with 10 per cent in March.
Moreover, a vast majority of employers (92 per cent) were not planning to reduce bonus opportunities or eligibility requirements.
"Companies recognise that changes to executive pay programs will be needed to stand up against growing criticism and increased pressure," Watson Wyatt global director of executive compensation consulting Ira Kay said.