Compensation Benchmarking Practices of Firms Concentrated in Metro Manila

  • Virgel C. Binghay SOLAIR UP Diliman
  • Vera Eileen V Pupos UP SOLAIR
  • Ronahlee A. Asuncion UP SOLAIR


This exploratory study utilized the survey technique to look into the driving and restraining factors that companies based in Metro Manila consider relative to conducting or participating in compensation surveys. This study also compares the characteristics of those companies that choose to engage in this type of benchmarking with the characteristics of those that do not. The results suggest that more companies choose not to benchmark. Those who do are mainly motivated to conduct compensation surveys in order to hire competent employees, while those companies who choose not to conduct or participate in compensation benchmarking perceive it to be costly for the company. Companies that conduct or participate in compensation studies have the following characteristics: well-established (large workforce and long existence in the market), foreign-owned, and have no/little union representation. Those that refuse to conduct or participate have the following characteristics: relatively new in terms of establishment, sole proprietorship company and small- to medium-sized workforce.

Author Biographies

Virgel C. Binghay, SOLAIR UP Diliman
Dr. Binghay is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Graduate Studies Program, School of Labor and Industrial Relations (SOLAIR), University of the Philippines. E-mail address:
Vera Eileen V Pupos, UP SOLAIR
Ms. Pupos is University Research Associate of SOLAIR, University of the Philippines. E-mail address:
Ronahlee A. Asuncion, UP SOLAIR
Dr. Asuncion is Assistant Professor and College Secretary of SOLAIR, University of the Philippines. Email address: