PULSE SURVEY: ARGENTINA’S INFLATION AND HR PRACTICES AT CONSULTING FIRMS
Vencon Research’s 2022 Pulse Survey provides an insight into the effects of currency devaluation and inflationary pressures in Argentina. The survey results highlight the challenges faced by firms in Argentina in retaining their employees, and the measures they are taking to address the financial hardship faced by their employees.
1. HIRING RAMPED UP IN RESPONSE TO INCREASING ATTRITION
43% of firms reported experiencing an increase in voluntary attrition, which led to a higher rate of hiring to fill vacancies. While this is a concern, it’s reassuring to see that firms are proactively responding to this trend by increasing their hiring efforts.
2. RESPONSES FROM CONSULTING FIRMS
A significant majority of the respondents, 57%, reported that their employees are currently facing financial hardship due to inflation and/or currency devaluation. This is a worrying trend, but firms are taking steps to mitigate this issue with all of the firms surveyed adjusting compensation and/or extra payments in the last 12 months. An increase in base salary was the most popular measure taken to adjust compensation (29% of respondents). Additional payments(14%) and an increase in bonus/variable pay (14%) were also popular choices.
3. DRIVERS OF COMPENSATION DECISIONS
The key influential factors “driving” compensation were identified as inflation (86%),cost of labour (29%), fluctuations in exchange rates (14%), and a rise in the cost of living expenses (14%).
It appears that a significant proportion of respondents (approximately 43%) were unable to make predictions regarding the anticipated situation in the next 12 months in Argentina. Despite this uncertainty, most firms are planning changes to their current compensation model in the coming 12 months, with all proposing to raise the base salary by over 20% and also boost the bonus by 20%.
4. REGULAR COMPENSATION REVIEWS ARE ESSENTIAL
Vencon Research’s 2022 “Pulse Survey” highlights the challenges that companies in Argentina face due to inflation and currency devaluation. While the results indicate a worrying trend of financial hardship among employees and an increase in voluntary attrition, the survey also highlights that firms are taking proactive measures to address these issues. With most firms planning to change their current compensation model in the coming 12 months, it’s clear that companies in Argentina need to regularly review and adjust their compensation offerings to mitigate the effects of inflation and currency devaluation.
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