A new survey carried out by consultants Mercer forecasts a rise by over 2% in Irish salaries in 2016.

Mercer surveyed 135 organisations and 97% said they were planning on increasing salaries in the next year.

Firms in the life sciences, hi tech and services industries are forecasting the largest increase of between 2.5% and nearly 3%.

As well as pay, some firms are attracting and retaining staff with benefits including pensions, health insurance and flexible working hours.

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