UpDate - Vol. 11, No. 35, Page 1 June 25, 1992 Structural adjustments set to appear in mid-July paychecks The University's structural adjustment program, designed to make salaries of professional and salaried staff employees both internally consistent and competitive with external markets, has been successful, according to Maxine Colm, vice president for employee relations. As a result of this program, initiated in 1989, salaries for both employee groups have become more competitive regionally, she said. When the University recently compared its professional salaries with those of other Category I colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic region, it found the median salary for Delaware professionals to be at or above the regional median for benchmarked positions at levels 15 through 19, Colm said. Similar findings were found when comparing salaried staff compensation in levels 7 and 8. At level 6 and below, the University was not as competitive, she explained, and steps are being taken to correct this. "In developing this year's salary program, the University's objective was to provide a comparable compensation package for all employee groups," Colm said. The recently concluded contract with the American Association of University Professors calls for a 4.75 percent salary increase in F.Y. 93 (July 1, 1992-June 30, 1993). In this agreement, .75 percent of the total salary increase is designated for structural adjustments distributed by rank and based upon comparative data from regional institutions. Given the competitive market position of senior-level professionals and salaried staff, she said, the 4.75 percent will be distributed as follows: * A merit pool of 4.25 percent will be provided for all professional and salaried staff and a pool of .50 percent will be established based on each group's base salaries for structural adjustments. * There will be structural adjustments of $375 available to professionals at level 14 and below, who are below the mid-point of their respective ranges. * There will be structural adjustments of $175 available to salaried staff at level 6 and below, who are below the mid-point of their respective ranges. * The professional and salaried staff mid-points will be increased by 5 percent and the spread from the mid-point will The adjustments in salary in the budget turnaround process will be handled electronically and will appear in the mid-July paycheck.