Salary Surveys & Benchmarking

Accurately reward your employees, improve your performance management,
and attract and retain the key skills in your organisation.

21st Century has a variety of salary survey and benchmarking options to suit your specific remuneration requirements – irrespective of the size, needs and budget of your organisation. Our pay scale and salary data has enabled companies – from large corporates to SMEs – to accurately fine-tune, measure and assess salaries and wages across multiple industries and countries.

National Salary Survey

Our web-based national salary survey is one of the largest, most reputable salary surveys in Africa, and is audited annually by for accuracy.

A RewardOnline subscription enables all subscribers to easily access live remuneration / compensation information for a huge spectrum of jobs, across industries nationally, in South Africa, eSwatini, Botswana, Namibia and Lesotho.

In addition, we have developed a dynamic approach to remuneration and pay solutions in developing economies that is tailored to each country, taking into account their unique economic and social climates. This referenced data is available for more than 20 other African and Asian countries.

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Compare your pay practices to those in the market by benchmarking all the elements of remuneration (both fixed and variable) for unique roles based on your specific company metrics.

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Niche Surveys

A niche survey offers the client focused results, as specific comparator groups (industries, sectors, job families and other factors) can be targeted. We run over 50 niche surveys annually. The survey results contribute to our extensive remuneration database, and allow us to present you with tailor-made solutions.

Niche industry surveys

Loss of Earnings benchmarks (Medico-legal)

Analytico, a 21st Century company, are experts in the benchmarking and assessment of loss of earnings capacity for individuals – in both the informal and formal sectors – that have suffered personal injury. We provide medico-legal experts with accurate, reliable earnings research and postulations.

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Niche Survey
Calendar 2021

(click on the pic below to see a larger version of the2021 Niche Survey Calendar)

niche survey calendar 2021

More information about each survey will be made available closer to the time of the survey launch.

If there are any surveys that you are interested in, please drop us an email with ‘Reminder: (name of Survey)’ in the subject line, and will we contact you closer to the time of launch.

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Expatriate Pay

We offer a quick, accurate, affordable expatriate pay solution that is charged in Rand and costs a fraction of that of international suppliers.

21st Century Expat is based on complex data from Cost-of-living Indexes, Hardship premiums, Exchange rates and Location, and is available either in report form for companies who want to benchmark a few expat positions or build the correct expat package, OR as an online subscription-based solution for organisations who have many expat assignments.

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What’s the value in
participating in a salary survey?

Company strategy and company performance are driven by individuals.

internal and external equity

Good HR and Remuneration structures and practices – founded on accurate, reliable benchmarks, will engage individuals – encouraging performance that will drive your company’s strategy. Defensible benchmarks will also ensure that you are in a position to meet all governance requirements.

How can a survey help us comply with legislation?

Equal Pay legislation

A survey will give you access to market data so that you can accurately benchmark the remuneration for the same/similar/equal value jobs against that of other companies /entities/organisations. This is the cornerstone of building your own unique pay scale.

Why use a third party to conduct a survey?

A third party adds credibility to the survey. Information is more easily obtained from targeted companies when an independent party collects data.

Why use an audited survey?

An audited survey paints an accurate picture of the current remuneration environment. Our national salary survey, RewardOnline, is audited annually, and has had a clean audit record since 2011.

Will our remuneration
data remain confidential?

Our business rests on commitment to confidentiality of data.

confidentiality promise

Thus under no circumstances would any individual information or any company-specific information be disclosed to any other participant. Our business depends on our commitment to this promise.

What questions should we be asking when choosing a salary survey?

  • Who are my comparators, for both general skills and those that are critical to the survival of my organisation?
  • Am I being offered a comprehensive overview of both fixed and variable remuneration?
  • What are the benefit practices of leading organisations in the market?
  • What are the latest trends?
  • Is there a robust sample of participants?

We lose our resources to – and recruit them from – all industries and all regions … what type of survey should we be using?

Take out an annual subscription to RewardOnline, our live, audited, web based national salary survey.


Individual benchmarks:

  • An individual benchmark is helpful for very specific roles that need to be carefully defined and matched in the market.
  • Executive benchmarks differ, dependent on the size and complexity of the organisation and the role, and it is important to define these parameters to ensure an accurate benchmark.
  • An individual benchmark also enables you to request specific information, such as market data for short-term and long-term incentive practices and values.

We lose our resources to – and recruit them from – a particular industry or sector … what type of survey should we be using?

Industry surveys are for clients who may want a more niche set of results, considering a unique industry view.

  • Organisations within the industry are invited to participate, and the cost of the survey is shared between participants.
  • Participants are invited to submit their requirements for the survey to ensure their particular organisational needs are met.
  • The survey could include benchmarking of remuneration and incentive practices as well as broader reward issues.

We lose our resources to – and recruit them from – a defined comparator group … what type of survey should we be using?

A customised survey:

  • An agreed comparator group is invited to participate and the survey is completely customised to your requirements.
  • The survey could include benchmarking of remuneration and incentive practices as well as broader reward issues as dictated by the client.

We lose our resources to – and recruit them from – a country where survey houses are not active … what type of survey should we be using?

Our unique methodology has produced an index based on audited data sets and measures that have been developed from a multitude of highly reputable data sources.

  • The index is indicative of the cost and standard of living within a specific country, and of the economic conditions within that country.
  • Data is available for over 1000 positions
  • Niche data can be obtained for a wide variety of industries
  • Can be accessed online
  • The data is validated and accurate