In terms of salary rise India continues to lead the Asia Pacific region, but interestingly India and China are the only two countries who have reported a slight dip in pay hike.

Since 2012, there has been a status quo in general compensation trends in India as average salary rise is hovering around 10 percent levels.

The plateauing of 'double digit' salary increases in India is a sign of market maturity and a cautious approach to stay competitive in the APAC region. This is the "new normal" the Aon Hewitt's Salary Increase Survey that analysed data across 700 companies said.

Even as average compensation levels have seen a slight dip, larger proportion of company budgets is being allocated to 'key talent'. Key talent would mean high potential and hot skills apart from high performers.

Interestingly, the 'early stage companies/start-ups' stand out despite being in the pre-profit stage for over three years and continue to have an aggressive stand on pay.

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