SFA Pay & Conditions Survey Report

Monday, 20 February 2017

SFA Annual Pay Survey reveals:
  • 15% earn up to €30,000
  • 35% earn between €30,000-€40,000
  • 28% earn between €40,000-€50,000
  • 22% earn €50,000 or more

Non –pay benefits:
  • 58% of small businesses have sick pay schemes
  • 65% of small businesses have pension schemes
  • 42% of small businesses have health insurance schemes
  • 55% offer flexible working arrangements
  • 34% pay maternity benefit above Social Welfare
  • 22% pay paternity benefit above Social Welfare

Main Findings

The SFA Survey on Pay and Conditions of employment in 576 small companies (with less than 50 employees drawn from manufacturing, distribution, retail and services), employing 12,903 employees has established the following main findings:
  • The average rates of basic pay varied from €429 per week (Care Assistant) to €767 per week (Electrician).
  • The respective range for salaried employees was €25,350 per annum (Junior Technician) to €89,616 per annum (Software Development Manager).

The six largest job title responses in the survey had the following rates of pay:
    Job Title - Average Annual Rate of Pay
  • Office Administrator - €30,057
  • Financial Accountant - €51,523
  • Sales Executive - €41,590
  • Marketing Executive - €37,476
  • Unskilled Operative - €29,013
  • Skilled Operative - €32,245

In non-pay benefits, the survey found that:
  • 82% of firms provide and/or support formal training/education for their employees.
  • 34% of small companies supplemented maternity benefits above Social Welfare payments.
  • 65% of small firm employees are covered by a company or occupational pension scheme
  • 42% have medical health insurance schemes in place for employees.
  • 56% of firms have formal flexible working arrangements in place; these include part-time working; home working/teleworking; flexitime and job share.

Commenting on the results SFA Director, Patricia Callan stated: “Over half the private sector workforce, some 800,000 people are employed in small firms (where the total number of employees is less than 50 people), and they are the biggest employer in 21 of the 26 counties. Our survey shows that they are offering attractive pay and conditions of employment and in 60% of companies, workers will receive on average a 2% pay increase this year. However, what is noticeable is the shift towards improving conditions of employment and other benefits rather than across the board pay rises. Most pay increases are productivity related and there is a notable increase in the percentage of companies offering non-pay benefits to employees such as sick pay, pension and health insurance schemes and top-up leave entitlements. The survey clearly indicates that employers have realised the benefits of assessing the overall remuneration package on offer, investing in employees through training opportunities, and meeting their requests for flexible working, rather than just increasing basic pay in order to retain and recruit top talent.”


For further comment, please contact: Patricia Callan, Director, Small Firms Association, at Tel: 087-6999345 or e-mail: patricia.callan@sfa.ie