15 July 2011

Inflation adjusted salary increment

Is our salary keeping up with inflation rate?

Say, if your annual salary increment is 10 percent, and inflation rate is at 4 percent, then the 'effective salary increment' is actually calculated as such:

[(1 + percentage increment) / (1 + inflation rate)] - 1

In this example, it is 5.77%. It reflects your real increment after removing the effects of inflation.

This is the accurate way to do it instead of  doing an approximation : (10 - 4 ) = 6 percent.

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