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CIPD/High Pay Centre survey of FTSE100 CEO pay packages 2016

3 Aug 2017: Our joint annual survey of the state of top pay in the FTSE100

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Full text of joint CIPD/HPC submission to UK BEIS department Feb 2017

20 Feb 2017: This unprecedented joint submission signifies the importance of this moment: an opportunity to make meaningful, lasting reforms to executive pay and boardroom culture and practice

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Text of Simon Walker Bob Gavron Memorial Lecture 28.11.2016

28 Nov 2016: Here is the full text of the speech given by Simon Walker at the IoD for the inaugural Bob Gavron Memorial Lecture

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HPC submission to the BIS select committee corporate governance enquiry Oct 2016

2 Nov 2016: Our contribution to the BIS select committee's ongoing enquiry into corporate governance reform

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10% pay rise? That’ll do nicely

7 Aug 2016: Our annual survey of FTSE100 CEO pay packages shows no end to the rise and rise in top pay

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Investment Association, Executive Remuneration Working Group

7 Jun 2016: Read our response to the working group's interim report, in which we argue for a fundamental rethink to the principles of executive pay

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Pay Ratios: Just Do It

24 Nov 2015: Our latest report addresses the case for publishing pay ratios between the top and the middle in a business or organisation.

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Scotland’s richest executives paid £55 million between them, at an average of £1.6 million each

12 Oct 2015: New High Pay Centre analysis finds evidence of huge pay gaps in Scotland, between ordinary workers and top executives

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Thinking High and Low: Exploring pay disparities in society

1 Sep 2015: A new essay collection looking at pay gaps within organisations - how and why they've widened, what this means and how we might calculate an appropriate ratio. Including essays from Conservative MP David Davis, Daily Mail Associate City Editor Ruth Sunderland and Diane Coyle, Professor of Economics at Manchester University and former Vice Chair of the BBC Trust.

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Are remuneration consultants independent?

24 Jun 2015: Companies are required to disclose details of the work done for remuneration committees by consultants and the fees paid for it. This report highlights the poor disclosure of fees for those services. It is impossible to judge whether there are conflicts of interest without better information.

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The Metrics Re-Loaded: Examining executive remuneration performance measures

10 Jun 2015: Most big company performance measures in the UK are based on profits and share price - often judging companies relative to others, so that executives can still be rewarded even if shareholders lose out.

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Academic literature review on performance-related pay

19 May 2015: No consensus on the strength of the link between executive pay and company performance comes out of our extensive literature review

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No Routine Riches: Reforms to Performance-Related Pay

13 May 2015: Major inquiry by the High Pay Centre concludes that performance-related pay is failing on its own terms

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A force for fairness - what could the European Union do to combat economic inequality?

14 Apr 2015: New report examining public attitudes towards existing rights at work guaranteed by EU agreements, and potential ways in which the EU could tackle inequality

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The Perverse Incentives of Modern Management and Remuneration

10 Mar 2015: How the structure of executives pay packages incentivises behaviour that is ultimately damaging the UK economy.

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Excessive executive pay a threat to business, say Institute of Directors members

1 Mar 2015: Business leaders from across the UK say excessive pay for those at the top is the biggest threat to the reputation of business

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Whoever you vote for, big business gets in

25 Nov 2014: New essay collection on the political power wielded by big business

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New High Pay Centre report: Performance-related Pay is nothing of the sort

28 Oct 2014: Research for High Pay Centre by Incomes Data Services shows that growth in executive pay, bonuses and incentive payments has vastly outpaced performance as measured by every indicator in common use

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Cheques and the City: pay for top lawyers and accountants

23 Jul 2014: New report from the High Pay Centre highlights the extent of multi-million pound pay packages at 'big 4' accountancy partnerships and 'magic circle' law firms

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Reform Agenda: How to make top pay fairer

14 Jul 2014: New report from High Pay Centre outlines policies to tackle excessive executive pay

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What would the neighbours say? How inequality means the UK is poorer than we think

16 Jun 2014: Analysis of OECD figures suggests the poorest fifth of the UK population are the poorest in Western Europe

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High Pay Centre briefing: The effect of executive pay reforms

2 Jun 2014: HPC analysis of the first executive pay awards made following Government reforms in 2013

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The customer is always right: how to reduce executive rewards with procurement contracts

9 May 2014: Government could use its power as a purchaser of outsourced services to demand executive pay restraint

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Winners and Losers: the great privatisation game

18 Mar 2014: Who has benefited from the Government's privatisation programme: the public or top executives?

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The High Cost of High Pay: Unequal workplaces suffer more strikes and higher staff turnover

20 Jan 2014: High Pay Centre analysis shows hidden cost of big pay differentials within organisations

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One Law for them: How big companies flout rules on executive pay

4 Dec 2013: New High Pay Centre research suggests top companies are ignoring rules requiring them to relate executive pay to pay for ordinary workers

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The Corporate Conquest: How big companies suck money out of the North East

22 Oct 2013: New report highlights shows how big companies create an unbalanced economy outside London

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How to run a Company: Checks and Balances on Executive Power

24 Sep 2013: A collection of essays on corporate governance, including the role of non-executives and securing a greater voice for employees.

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Workers on boards: interviews with German employee directors

16 Sep 2013: We talk to employee and shareholder directors on German boards about company strategy, pay and unions

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Mythbuster: Are huge executive pay packages really vital to UK competitiveness?

22 Jul 2013: As part of the New Economics Foundation's 'mythbuster' series, Luke Hildyard debunks the myths used to justify excessive executive pay

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Leading or Lagging: where does the UK stand in the international debate about top pay?

28 May 2013: New High Pay Centre report analysing the policy responses to excessive pay in different economies

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Top to Bottom: New High Pay Centre report outlines the potential for wealth redistribution

4 Mar 2013: Analysis of UK incomes outlines the concentration of wealth across a tiny proportion of the population, and outlines pathways to fairer earnings

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The Myth of Global High Pay Talent Market

11 Feb 2013: New High Pay Centre report shows that just foreign poaching of CEOs accounts for just 0.8% of appointments

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British Business at risk unless executive rewards linked to long term performance

14 Jan 2013: New report from High Pay Centre warns of obsession with share price and short-term financial performance measures

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Boardroom Diversity: Quotas are not helping women into senior management

12 Dec 2012: New research by Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann for the High Pay Centre, looking at international comparisons of female representation on boards

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The State of Pay: One year on from The High Pay Commission

3 Dec 2012: Download the latest High Pay Centre report 'The State of Pay: One year on from The High Pay Commission'

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Better Business: Morals Matter - A collection of essays about business ethics

4 Sep 2012: A collection of essays on business ethics and practices by Ros Altmann, Simon Caulkin, Jonathan Ford, Caroline Lucas, Paul Nowak and Frances O'Grady, and Guy Opperman with an introduction by Deborah Hargreaves.

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It’s A Mum’s World: attitudes to business reform, the economy and pay

28 Aug 2012: Latest report from the High Pay Centre on attitudes to the economy, business and pay

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Football Mad: are we paying more for less?

20 Aug 2012: Latest report from the High Pay Centre on pay in football

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It’s how you pay it

11 May 2012: The latest report from the High Pay Centre looks at how a single figure for executive pay could be calculated

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Essential questions Barclays must answer on CEO Bob Diamond’s pay

24 Apr 2012: Barclays is currently in talks with its shareholders over Bob Diamonds pay to prevent a revolt at the AGM on Friday

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The New Closed Shop: Who’s Deciding on Pay?

2 Apr 2012: This latest report from the High Pay Centre looks at the remuneration committees that set board level executive pay in FTSE 100 companies.

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Making the case for business reform

27 Jan 2012: Five key questions on high pay, corporate governance and responsible business

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