Pay matters the most for job-hoppers in Asia-Pacific External pay inequity was cited as the top reason for employees leaving jobs, according to Hewitt Associates' latest Asia-Pacific salary increase survey. The human resources services company found that 91.8 per cent of the 1,800 companies from 14 countries or cities that responded were using variable pay to attract and retain talent. Within variable pay choices, nearly 68 per cent chose individual performance awards. An increasing number of organisations were ensuring their pay was competitive by closely monitoring market movements. More than 78 per cent said they reviewed their markets every year. Nishchae Suri, head of Hewitt's talent and organisation consulting analytics practice in Asia, said the pull was on the side of the people. He said a salary increase was the most perceptible way of enhancing an employment deal, but at the same time not the complete deal itself. Among the 14 Asian markets, Sri Lanka reported the highest average salary increase at 15.3 per cent this year, while India and Vietnam were second and third respectively. Salaries in China rose by 8.6 per cent. British government ready to pay find work for unemployed The British government is planning to pay private and voluntary-sector organisations to help get the unemployed into long-term jobs, according to HR Magazine. As part of the Department for Work and Pensions' welfare-to-work strategy, specialist providers, including recruitment agencies, would be paid on a result-based basis. The government would also encourage competition at the time of tender in order to boost provider performance levels. The plans were expected to make better use of the private sector to help get the unemployed off benefits and back into the workforce.