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The GEM has been running for the past couple of years a local salary survey amongst their members.


The last survey edition was performed in 2006.


Objective of the study and Process

The GEM salary survey is to cover all salary aspect (ABS, target incentives, bonuses, commissions, profit/gain sharing, TTC)


57 positions to be covered, mostly within supporting and professional staff as well as middle management’s population (up to +/- 850 Hay points).


As in the past edition, the survey will have 7 grades with a reference to HAY, WATSON WYATT and MERCER points value

Objective of the study and Process

Information such as stock option eligibility, ESPP, company car eligibility and other allowances and/or perks will also be collected for each reported position.


In addition, a one page questionnaire will cover each participant’s fringe and retirement policies for the covered population.

Data collection

The participant data will be collected through a database questionnaire to be downloaded from our dedicated secured website.


This database will contain all the necessary data and instructions to facilitate participants in reporting their inputs.


Upload of Excel (xls) spreadsheets will be made possible for participants having PeopleSoft, SAP or other HRIS systems.


Participants will be asked to report all positions covered by the survey, Tymwork will ensure that reported data in the survey will not exceed 3 inputs per position/per company (Q1, median and Q3).


This ensures proper completion of the document and facilitates the data collection process.


Once the participant data inputs process is completed, by a click of a button (provided that the computer is connected to a network), the company inputs will be automatically transferred to TymWork.

Data processing

With the help of a database approach, it will enable us to:

Ø better control the participants data completion;


Ø have a clear and structured approach in collecting inputs;


Ø highly improve the data cleaning process.

Survey report (outcome)

With the above described approach, the database will be used to produce the final report in various formats:


Overall report with all the positions (similar to the previous year),


However, reports will on Excel spreadsheets so participants can make some copy/paste of the data or even customize their own outcome report.


The program will give the opportunity to participants to select the companies they would like to compare themselves with (similar to a drawdown report).


This can be done either through predefined selections, e.g. by industry sector, size of the organization, nationality of the participants or simply by clicking on the companies they would like to directly compare themselves with.


Again an Excel spreadsheet output will be generated directly from the survey program.


The drawdown report will exclude participant’s own data from his calculated report. Not only it will avoid the final results to be bias with his own data but also the participant will have his data highlighted (you vs the sample) against the selected market.


The survey has an open code policy approach (i.e. company codes are disclosed to all participants) except for the HR positions which will remain anonymous for confidentiality reasons,


For statistical reasons a minimum of 3 identified companies will be required to produce a drawdown report.

The data calculated by the survey program will be produced on an Excel spreadsheet for all covered positions,


With raw data like in the previous years (with arithmetic and weighted averages), and statistical data (10th, 25th, median, mean, 75th and 90th percentiles) and graphs similar to the past 2006 edition.


Parallel reports but based on specific participants own selection (i.e. drawdown report) will be made available.


The survey is designed so the output process is totally under control of the participants which is a great added value to the survey.


The questionnaire will be downloadable online by June 14th.


Completion date : July 4th


Preliminary data planned and available online by September 11th 2008


Final report available online by September 22, 2008


As in 2006, the 2008 survey edition will be an open code survey, i.e. company codes open to the GEM survey participants only.


Participants will be asked, when first launching the survey application, to accept not to divulge any confidential information related to the survey to non-authorized parties.


References to companies individual salary data should be restricted to the participant’s HR department.


Access of the survey questionnaire and the results outcome on the website will be password protected.


The below questionnaire will have a password that will be emailed to you so you can easily access the application.


For the final results (outcome), there will be a set of 2 passwords, 1 for the download, and a second one to open the application.


These will be released once survey results available and only to the survey’s participants.



GEM  2008 SALARY SURVEY - PROGRAM DOWNLOAD                                                       

Click on the below icon (€) to download the GEM Report Program 2008

Password has been communicated to the participants on a separate email           




Report Program 2008  

Click on the below icon (GEM) to download the GEM report in a pdf format


Report in pdf format

Click on the below icon (GEM) to download the GEM raw Excel data

      Raw Data in Excel format


GEM SALARY QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY - 2008 DOWNLOAD                                               

Click on the below icon (GEM) to download the GEM 2008 questionnaire.



       Program Questionnaire


You have 3 options to open the questionnaire database and/or the Report Program:


Default unzip to Program Files

Follow the instructions, run the program and unzip the database to the default drive (C:\Program files\GEM Salary Survey 2008 or for the download of the Report Program C:\Program files\GEM REPORT 08). When unzip is done, close the unzip dialog box. A shortcut (GEM Quest 08 or GEM Report 08) will automatically be created on your desktop and start-up menu. Open the program and click on the instruction icon at the bottom of the screen for additional help.


Unzip program to a non-protected drive of your PC

If, for security reasons, your C drive is not available, download the program to the readily available drive on your computer. When unzip is done, close the unzip dialog box, open the "GEM Salary Survey 2008.exe" or for the download of the Report Program "GEM REPORT Program 08.exe" file on your local drive and create your own shortcut. Open the program and click on the instruction icon at the bottom of the screen for additional help.


Ask a CD Rom to TymWork

If you cannot download the questionnaire on-line, contact Tymwork (gem@tymwork.com) to get the questionnaire or the Report on a CD Rom via regular mail. When received, open the program and click on the instruction icon at the bottom of the screen for additional help.

Make sure that the questionnaire/survey report files remain in its initial directory and that the file name be not altered. This is important as the results of the survey will use the same process and will look up for this folder when downloaded.

Account Name and Password

Account name and password will sent to you via email, If you have not received account name and password, please contact gem@tymwork.com

Questions & Answers regarding the questionnaire

Q. How do I install the questionnaire on my computer?

A. When you will click on the above icon, you will be asked whether you want to open the file or save it to your computer! Select "Run" and follow the instructions. The file will have to be unzip, so click on "Unzip files". Once downloaded, the survey icon GEM will appear on your desktop screen as well as on your start-up menu. Click on it to start the program!

Q. The questionnaire shortcut is not visible. How do I open the application?

A. If the shortcut is not visible on your desktop, you might be using a windows version older than Windows XP and/or your operating system is not in English. To remedy to this problem, start the program directly by selecting  C:\Program files\GEM Salary Survey 2008\GEM Quest 08.exe


    as the shortcut should be residing in : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop, you can drag it manually out from the folder onto your desktop!


    create your own shortcut!

Q. How do I complete the questionnaire?

A. Screen templates are rather self-explanatory. However, you have the possibilty within the program to access an instruction guide (which is online, therefore you have to be connected to your network) as well as the survey job description booklet.

Q. How do I sent it back when completed?

A. Once you've completed the questionnaire, you come back to the startup template. You will see on the top part of your screen a round button with the logo @ on it. By clicking on it, it will automatically create an email to the attention of TymWork with you inputs. Make sure that you are online (internet or cpy intranet) as your email program will be solicited to perform this action. Once the email shows up on your screen, send it!

Q. It seems that no automatic email is being created to forward my inputs?

A. Should, for whatever reasons, the automatic email does not work (could be some issues with older versions of Outlook or Lotus Notes, your inputs to be transferred to TymWork can be located in C:\Program files\GEM Salary Survey 2008\Company inputs report.gem. Just create a new email with your mail program to the attention of gem@tymwork.com with the attachment "Company inputs report.gem".

Q. How do I save my work?

A. Your input is automatically saved as you work on the questionnaire. Should you quit the application, you can re-enter the questionnaire at a later stage to come back where you left it!

Q, Can I print my work?

A. By clicking on the appropriate report print buttons you will get your data questionnaire printed for references.

    Beware that the questionnaire to be returned to TymWork is to be completed on the database and not on a hard copy!

About TymWork & Co

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