Incomes Data Services

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IDS - Incomes Data Services
Type Subsidiary
Industry Employment information
Founded 1966
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people Lynne Lees, Head of IDS; David Layton, founder
Owners Thomson Reuters / Sweet & Maxwell

Incomes Data Services (IDS) is a British research organisation dedicated to employment-related areas. It provides original research, analysis and training on pay benchmarking, pay settlements, HR policy and practice, pensions law and practice, and employment law. IDS publishes numerous journals and books, has several subscription websites, and undertakes contract research.

IDS publications and information services are used by companies, voluntary associations, public sector organisations, consultancies, trade unions,[1] lawyers, specialist advisers and academics. Major IDS customers include the Employment Tribunals Service and Acas.


IDS was founded by David Layton[2] in 1966 with the aim of providing accurate and timely information which could be put to practical use by all those involved in determining pay, benefits and related employment policies in Britain. The company was the first to provide this information. As the employment law field became more complex IDS launched more information services covering new areas.

IDS was acquired by Thomson owned Sweet & Maxwell in September 2005.[3]

Products and services[edit]

IDS online[edit]

In 2012 IDS launched an online service which brings together all its content as different modules on a single website.[edit]

An online repository of all remuneration information collected by IDS including data on pay levels, pay settlements and executive compensation.

IDS Pay Report[edit]

Monthly journal monitoring developments in pay and conditions for more than a thousand employee groups a year, reporting on changes in named organisations, and providing insight into the pattern of pay awards. IDS pay research is regularly cited by the Low Pay Commission in its reports and recommendations to the UK Government on the level of the National Minimum Wage.[4]

IDS Executive Compensation Review[edit]

Journal providing information on all aspects of pay and remuneration practice for managers and professionals, giving guidance on market trends, new ideas in reward strategy and the latest benchmarking data.

IDS HR in Practice[edit]

Formerly the fortnightly journal IDS HR Studies, and now a module of Analyses HR policies, procedures and best practice from hundreds of named organisations.

IDS Employment Law Brief[edit]

The twice-monthly journal IDS Employment Law Brief provides comment on employment law for legal and HR professionals. It covers key cases in the courts and tribunals, and assesses the practical implications for organisations. The journal is accompanied by an online service and handbooks and guides on all areas of employment law.

IDS Pay Benchmark Service[edit]

The Pay Benchmarking Service allows companies to check pay levels for scores of office and shopfloor jobs in leading organisations.

IDS Pensions Law Reports[edit]

A monthly case-reporting service and online archive, providing analysis of all significant pensions law cases.

IDS International Employment Guides[edit]

Information on HR and employment issues across a range of countries.

IDS Pensions Service[edit]

A journal, now closed, which alongside handbooks, gave guidance on the world of occupational pensions.

Other Services[edit]

IDS also undertakes contract research for individual companies and organisations, and annually runs a series of conferences and seminars on employment issues.

IDS in the press[edit]

The Guardian: Boardroom pay soars despite fragile economy and prospect of strikes - 16 June 2010

Daily Telegraph: Pay freezes remain at fifth of organisations despite economic growth - 3 June 2010

The Guardian: Fair pay: will CEOs play ball with Hutton? - 18 May 2010

Daily Telegraph: Workers suffer from fall in income - 6 May 2010

IDS websites[edit]


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