Dear Seniors,
I am Nisha Balasubramanian working as an Senior Officer HR. As the financial year is beginning, my bosses want me to device a salary structure keeping the current budget in mind. We are in BPO industry (Medical Transcription) in Bombay and in the past I have never devised any such salary break up.
Please help.

From India, Mumbai
Ed Llarena, Jr.
Owner/ Managing Partner
Rajat Joshi
Hr Consulting ,trainer -creative Thinking
Rajnish Borah
Hr Leader - Syntel Inc
Hr Officer

Ed Llarena, Jr.

I think you need professional help.
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Best wishes.
Ed Llarena, Jr.
Managing Partner
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From Philippines, Parañaque
Rajat Joshi

Hi Nisha,

Hey..don't panic ..if you do would find it difficult to do this task..

If you ask me frankly..its not difficult at all..there are a couple of things you need to do:-

A. The basic structure of compensation :- its available in this site with detailed break -ups and am pasting herewith.

The monthly payroll:-

Basic Salary

HRA ( 50% of Basic for 4 major cities & 40% for other cities)

Conveyance allowance Rs 800/pm (excess would be taxed)

Annuals given as reimbursement



Child Education Allowance (better give as reimbursement to save tax)

Child Hostel Allowance (better give as reimbursement to save tax)

City Compensatory Allowance

Leave Travel Allowance ( same as basic allowance or two times for senior cadre- encashable only once in two years to save tax with supportings as per the income tax)

Lunch Allowance

Medical reimbursement to a maximium of 15,000/ (otherwise it will go in tax and to be given on pro-rata basis on submission of bills)

Newspaper allowance (better give as reimbursement to save tax)

Special Allowance

Gift voucher

Club membership (save tax)

Uniform Maintenance

Professional Enrichment Allowance

Entertaintment (Reimbursement) etc.,

Vehicle Allowance

Phone Allowance

Fuel Allowance (Petrol/Diesel)

Driver's Allowance

Mobile/Cell Phone Allowance

Internet Access Allowance

Academic/ Professional Membership Allowance

Night Shift Allowance

So pick and choose the ones which are suitable to your organization. The recent issue of FBTs would clarified by Finance Minister in Apr'04.

B.Decide the bandwith of the base salary - which is the starting point..for different categories...for instance one may decide that the senior management cadre would have the base salary of 40k to 60 k p.m. depending on grades.

C. Decide the allowances you would give for each bandwith - because this has tax implications and you have to strike a balance to attract talent..for instance give a vehicle allowance to senior management as they would have cars and it levies a tax of 10% as it has to have a arms length distance transaction and lease agreement in place etc.

D. Use excel sheet to link these break ups.

E. Lastly, suggest read up the Income Tax Act on the salaries.

Viola !! it's ready...

Hope this helps...


Rajat Joshi

From India, Pune
Rajnish Borah

I agree with Ed on this, altough you can design a salary structure, in order to derive at the figures you should seek professional help.

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