Executive remuneration how is directors' pay set?

The thorny issue of executive pay is never far from the headlines. Whether it’s Rolls-Royce chief executive Warren East taking a £916,000 bonus in a troubled year for the company or WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell being awarded more than £40m in 2016, remuneration for FTSE 100 high-flyers is often under scrutiny.

Nevertheless, heated debate aside, the well-run company and informed director both need to know the going rate for securing the best talent in the boardroom.

This is not always easy, given the high levels of risk and responsibility which directors assume. How much are you paid? How much should you be paid? And what is a typical benefits package? To negotiate your remuneration package you will need to benchmark what is typical for your industry, location and company size. Here you’ll find a number of useful links to help you come to a decision.

The remuneration committee

The following IoD factsheet outlines the broad terms of reference for the board remuneration committee when considering executive reward.

Directors’ pay and benefits

The IoD has compiled an online salary survey collection which hosts a large number of salary surveys.

Remuneration issues

The 2002 Directors’ Remuneration Report Regulations extended the power of shareholders, entitling them to an advisory vote on the remuneration report at each AGM. The 2003 Higgs Review on the role and effectiveness of non-executives led to changes in the combined code dealing with remuneration.

Further reading

The IoD’s Information and Advisory Service (IAS) offers a wealth of advice and insight for a non-executive career, such as what your duties will be and what might constitute a conflict of interest.

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