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Compensation and Salary Structures Masterclass

Pay Strategy, Pay Benchmarking, Compensation Design and Managing Salary Structures as part of Total Reward Management to Meet Business Needs and Drive Employee Performance.
Course Fee SGD2,195

Course Trainer

Robert Mosley was awarded the “Global HR Leadership Award” in 2017 by the World HR Congress to recognize his iconic contribution to the global C&B community over the past decade. He is truely one of the leading HR trainers in the world today, and is in the “Global Guru #500 List”.

Robert is widely recognised in many industries and many countries as one of the leading global experts on compensation and benefits, and is also a leading expert in the more general field of human resources and performance management. His main areas of expertise and specialism are in the fields of job analysis, job descriptions, job evaluation, grading schemes, pay structures, allowances, bonuses and incentives, industrial relations and collective agreements, e-HR systems, performance management, performance appraisals, and all issues on compensation and benefits globally, especially in the GCC and Asia having worked in these regions for over 25 years.

Robert was born and educated in London (in UK) and he graduated with a MA masters degree in Mathematics from Oxford University (in UK) in 1983, and then obtained his MBA masters degree in business studies from London Business School (in the UK) and Chicago Business School (in the USA) in 1985. He then became a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (in UK) with an FCIPD qualification, after deciding to focus on HR.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for everyone who requires an appreciation or an in-depth knowledge of pay strategy, pay benchmarking, designing payscales and compensation structures, and managing salaries of employees as part of a Total Reward framework. This includes anyone who needs to be involved in compensation and salary structures, including all employees in HR at all levels of Vps/ Directors/ Managers/ Specialists/ Analysts/ Generalists, and this course is designed for the all of the following participants:

All managers and professionals and specialist who work in any area of HR.

All specialists in HR who work in Compensation and Remuneration and Rewards.

All specialists in HR who work in Performance Management and Performance Appraisals.

All managers from any functional area that need to know about payscales and salaries.

Course Introduction

A fundamental component of reward management and HR is a grade and basic salary structure, and these are often taken for granted. Rather than make changes, HR and reward professionals try to fit the everchanging needs of their employees into a system that may not have been reviewed for many years. This course will touch on all areas of “fixed” compensation management, including grade structures, salary structures and payscales, allowances, and non-financial reward plans such as recognition and retention schemes.

This live online course will provide you with the information and guidance to ensure your salary and grading structure meets your business needs, while allowing the company to attract and retain employees in an increasingly competitive pay market. This course is aimed at both HR Generalists and Reward Specialists to help you review and revise your grading structure and salary structure to fit the ever-changing needs of your employees into a system that may not have been reviewed for many years.

Most employers want to ensure that they can “attract, retain and motivate” the best employees and teams, and this five half-days online course will cover the key areas in the overall compensation and benefits package that enable employers to adopt best-practices and compete more effectively in the war for talent whilst achieving cost-effectiveness for the employer.

Key Benefits Of Attending

Increase your business performance and employee effectiveness through implementing compensation and reward systems that attract, retain and motivate staff.

Align your basic salary structures and grades and compensation and reward systems to your business objectives and human resources strategy.

Discover practical steps for implementing a grading system with a pay strategy and a basic salary structure and pay scheme, or how to update your existing compensation structures.

Develop solutions for your own compensation and reward issues and challenges based upon practical case studies and interactive course and clinic discussions.

Opportunities for networking in the breaks with your fellow course delegates and course tutor to discuss practical issues that will help you in your workplace.

Course Methodology

You will be provided with the information you need to make changes to your grading and salary structure. You will have an opportunity to test various ideas and to establish what may work for you. You will also be given access to various tools and techniques, as well as information on the latest trends and developments both in Asia and globally. This course will involve working both individually in teams on practical case studies to gain detailed hands-on experience using the various tools and techniques that will be discussed throughout the course.

Course Case Studies

This course is designed for companies from all countries in Asia will and include the following case studies designed around best-practice companies based in Asia:

  • Determining a reward policy as part of the HR strategy and business mission and vision
  • Establishing a reward strategy linked to business strategy
  • Designing and selecting the most appropriate grading/salary structure
  • The debate of single bands versus broad-banding
  • The business benefits of single bands versus broad banding in managing jobs and grades
  • Establishing pay ranges that are externally competitive with market pay surveys
  • Designing the basic salary structure midpoints and payscales and pay ranges
  • Designing the basic salary structure and payscales and progression management
  • Managing base salary progression and management of compa-ratios
  • Using recognition programmes to motivate both Baby-Boomers and Millennials
  • Using retention schemes and recognition plans as a strategic component of reward

Course Outline

● The golden triangle of Reward Management ( jobs, people and performance, and pay markets)
● Why is compensation and reward management important?
● The role of grading and salary structures in compensation and reward
● How grading and salary structures have developed Globally over the past ten years

The four necessary ingredients for successful remuneration design:

  • Pay Strategy
  • Grade Structure
  • Market Data
  • Number of Months

● Understanding the key Definitions, Statistics, and Modern Approaches
● Knowing the key pay components and defining the appropriate pay market
● Selecting the right pay market position and understanding sector pay
● Determining a pay strategy benchmark and reward strategy
● Linking the pay strategy and reward strategy to the HR strategy and business goals
● How to assess if your pay structure is meeting your business objectives
● Managing the balance between employee expectations and ability-to-pay

● The role of job evaluation and the main job evaluation systems
● The key job evaluation approaches and methodologies
● The internal role to develop the grading structure
● The external role to enable pay market benchmarking
● Building the grade structure and determining how many grades
● Understanding “single-step” and “double-step” grades
● The pros and cons of broad-banding in different organisational cultures
● The new trend back towards more grades to manage costs and improve employee careers
● The future trend of “agility”and what are agile grades and agile payscales?

● Understanding different types of market pay surveys and definitions
● Knowing how to interpret and utilise external pay market survey data and pay surveys
● Using survey data from consultants or gathering your own survey data
● Using salary surveys and market pay benchmarking tools in salary structure design

Are you designing for 12 or 13 or 14 guaranteed months (plus variable bonuses/incentives)

● Bringing all 4-ingredients together to design basic salary
● Practical exercise on building a spreadsheet to analyse “basic salary” for benchmarking
● Selecting a grade structure and a basic salary structure to meet your needs
● Simple pay benchmarking and designing a grading structure and salary structure

● Establishing the midpoint of the pay-range for each grade based on the pay strategy
● Determining the minimum (fair value) and maximum (economic value) salaries for pay-ranges
● The various calculation formulae for determining minimum-midpointmaximum in pay-ranges
● The single-step approach (80%-120%) and the double-step approach (70%-130%)
● Defining and using compa-ratios and managing pay-ranges and position-in-range

● Bringing all 4-ingredients together to design advanced total remuneration structures
● Practical exercise on building a spreadsheet to analyse “total remuneration” for benchmarking
● Benchmarking on “total cash package” and on each component (salary, bonus, allowances)

● The role of management in implementation and the role of the HR and reward specialist
● Managing progression through a pay range and managing comparatios (internal equity)
● Using payscales in recruitment, progression, promotions and associated pay policies
● Coping with employees who reach the maximum of their payscale and lump-sum awards

● Advanced concepts for managing salary structures and advanced design of payscales
● Different options for managing “pay premium” for specialist roles:

  • Adjusted basic salary payscale or specialist grades with dedicated payscales
  • Additional skills premium allowance or market allowance
  • Using ranges-within-ranges or using restrictive compa-ratio ranges

● Managing “Narrow-Bands” and “Broad-Bands” and “Ranges-within-Range”

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions or need help? Please feel free to get In touch with us 🙂

There are no pre-requirements, and this course is suitable for participants who classify themselves at either “elementary” or “intermediate” or “advanced” levels.

You will get certificate of attendance from HRD Future. In order to get the certificate of attendance signed by the course trainer, you are requested to attend at least 90% of the course.

You can register online by filling the registration form on our website. Alternatively, you can also register by email or phone.

To register by e-mail, please send the delegates name, job title, email address, company name and telephone number to or alternatively you can email the scanned copy of the completed registration form.

For more information, please call +65 69807730

All our public events are conducted in English, unless otherwise stated. English subtitle are available for some of the online courses.

The registration fee includes admission to the events, exam and cert for certification courses.

For in-person course, a comprehensive set of documentation material in digital format or only printed format for some of the course distributed at the venue, lunches and 2 refreshment breaks for in-person classes. Hotel accommodation and travel costs are not included in the registration fee; however, we do have corporate rates with the hotel venue. Email to for more information.

There is no deadline for registration. However, for some courses, sometimes we do limit the number of delegates to ensure optimum course interaction. We advise you to register as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment and to allow adequate time for our administration process. for in-person class, if you need to register on the day itself (walk-in registration), then kindly contact our customer service department at +65 69807730.

Full payment must be received within seven (7) working days upon receipt of invoice or before the event date, whichever is earlier.  A LOU with company stamp is requested for those organizations that cannot make payment on time.

Payment Mode


  • Account Name: HRD Future Pte Ltd
  • Account Number: 695-207639-001
  • Beneficiary Bank: Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited
  • Beneficiary Bank Address: 65 Chulia Street OCBC Centre Singapore 049513
  • Swift Code: OCBCSGSG

For other currencies, we may provide you a different bank account depends on currencies. Email to for more information.


Please make all cheques payable to: HRD Future Pte. Ltd. (Appliable in Singapore Company only)     


We are using Stripe as the credit card payment gateway. Additional credit card charges per transaction are applied. Please contact our team for more details.

Can I change the name/details of the delegate(s) after registration?

Yes, a name can be changed at no additional cost. Please email providing the details of the delegate(s) you wish to replace and the details of the replacement(s). This email should include:

  • Full names, titles and positions in company
  • Company name
  • Direct telephone (for any urgent purpose)
  • Delegate’s email address (for us to send the Pre-Course Reading Material and Questionnaire)

I have registered for an event but I can no longer attend, what is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation policy can always be found in the Terms & Conditions section of your registration form. Basically, cancellations can be made if it is submitted more than 30 days prior to the event.

For cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the event, you have several options:

  • You can send a replacement as we do substitution free of charge
  • If no one from your organisation can attend, formal written request for withdrawal is required and an acknowledgement sent out. If the request is done before a month of the commencement date, a credit voucher is issued to the organization to be used within 12 months of the date of issuance.

Can I get a copy of the delegate list prior to the event?

We do not disclose delegate list prior to the event taking place. A list of participants will be available at the event only.

Can I get a copy of the course materials prior to the event for self-study?

Yes for some of the courses. However since we always update course materials closer to the event date to ensure all data is most updated, we are only able to provide course materials approximately one week before the event dates. A full payment is requested in order to receive the course material in advance.

What is the dress code for the event?

Most of our delegates who attend our courses prefer to wear business/ smart casual clothing. No shorts please. You can also bring optional formal clothing for your personal dinner or networking functions.

Who should I inform about my dietary requirements?

We will email you the event details letter approximately two weeks before the day of the events. You can highlight any special dietary requirements by reply the email.

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