Reward specialists need to ensure that an organisation’s pay and benefits fit with the organisational context and culture, while being relative to the external market environment.

What does a reward specialist do?

Reward specialists need to understand the legal and regulatory landscapes of the reward agenda before putting together any reward strategy. They’ll typically create a total reward approach, combining a range of different pay and benefits offerings into a flexible framework which meets the diverse needs of its employees.

Types of roles in reward

Here is a shortlist of the types of job titles you might find in reward. As you can see, reward specialist are at all levels of experience and seniority:

  • Reward Administrator
  • Benefits Co‚Äźordinator
  • Compensation and Benefits Advisor
  • Reward and Benefits Manager
  • Head of Reward
  • Director of Reward

A day in the life of a
reward officer

A day in the life of Claire Clarke, Pay & Reward HR Officer at Durham University

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A day in the life of a
reward analyst

A day in the life of Daniel Bailey, Reward Analyst at Arval BNP Paribas Group

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A day in the life of a
reward specialist

A day in the life of Holly Coe, Reward and People Operations Lead at Aster Group UK

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Reward standards

Each standard progresses through four levels of impact. Which level do you most embody in your day-to-day work?

Reward resources

Reports, factsheets, podcasts and webinars to help you implement a reward strategy that supports organisational objectives.

CIPD Learning courses in Reward

Base and Variable Pay

Gain an understanding of key issues that need to be taken into account on job evaluation, developing pay structures and performance pay

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Career options in the
people profession

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Career guidance

Information and guidance to help you excel in your role, transition into the profession, and manage a career break

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