10:59 am July 22, 2010, by Henry Unger
Top-performing employees in Atlanta can expect an average salary increase of 3.9 percent this year — slightly higher than the national average, according to a new survey.
A WorldatWork survey of U.S. employers found an average hike of 2.5 percent for all employees — but the size of the raise changes when an employee’s performance is factored in.
Low performers can expect to see minimal increases of up to 0.7 percent — or nothing at all, according to the survey of nearly 2,500 respondents representing 15.5 million employees.
Middle performers can expect a base pay raise of 2.4 percent. And high performers nationally can expect an average increase of 3.7 percent.
Surveyed employers reported that about 24 percent of employees are rated as high performers, while most are classified as middle performers.
San Jose led the pack in pay raises for top performers, with a 4.1 percent increase.
Meanwhile, in another survey, Atlanta moved up to the fourth-best city for college grads, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report.
The report ranks the top 30 cities in the country for new college grads. The top five are Houston, Washington, Dallas, Atlanta, and Austin, Tex.
The winners prevailed mostly because employers in those places posted the greatest number of jobs for new graduates, Bloomberg Businessweek said.
Ironically, the state labor department announced Thursday that metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate jumped to 10.3 percent in June, from 9.8 percent in May.
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