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English for Human Resources

Salary

A 'salary' is the money you are paid, usually monthly, for doing a job, usually non-manual.

  • I get a good salary but I need more money.
  • What sort of salary are they offering?
A 'competitive salary' is a good one for that particular job.
  • We are offering a very competitive salary so we should get good applicants.
  • We are not recruiting the best people because our salaries are not very competitive.
A person who gets a salary is a 'salaried employee'.
  • We've reduced the number of salaried employees by 50% and replaced them by temporary workers.
  • It is much easier to get a loan if you are a salaried employee.
If you need money, you can ask for 'a salary advance'.
  • Can I have a salary advance? I'm broke.
  • I asked my boss for a salary advance but he refused to give me one.
If you 'undertake a salary review', you look at all the salaries to decide which need changing.
  • The committee are undertaking a salary review and will report back in a few weeks time.
  • We need to undertake a salary review as our salaries are not very competitive.
'A salary scale' is the range of salaries available.
  • When you start, you will be at the bottom of the salary scale but you will not stay there for long.
  • Our salary scale is not very competitive compared to our competition.
If a salary is good, we can say that it is 'attractive'.
  • We are offering a very attractive salary for the job.
  • It is an attractive salary but I will have to work on Saturdays.
Everybody hopes to get a 'salary increase'.
  • We had no salary increase this year because the company was in trouble.
  • If you offer me an increase in salary, I will stay.
The 'basic salary' is the salary before any extras such as bonuses.
  • The basic salary is quite low but there are large incentive bonuses.
  • I prefer to have a large basic salary as there is more security.
When you start a job, you will receive your 'initial salary'.
  • The initial salary is quite low but you should get promoted to a better job quite quickly.
  • If we want to recruit better people, we will have to offer a more competitive initial salary.
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