Oct02

ISPA AND WAGEWATCH HELP SPA PROFESSIONALS OFFER COMPETITIVE COMPENSATION

Tuesday, 02 October 2007

LEXINGTON, Ky., and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - With more than 234,000 people employed by the U.S. spa industry, the varying pay scales for therapists, front desk staff and managers are an ongoing topic of discussion. To help spa professionals attract quality employees with competitive compensation, the International SPA Association and WageWatch Inc. are enhancing the online Spa Compensation Survey. Available now, this enhanced survey gathers pay and benefits data for 30 key spa industry jobs in the United States and will be expanding to other parts of the world in 2008.

"As spa industry employees are often paid by very different methods such as hourly, salary, commission, fee-per-service, or a combination thereof; compensation is consistently ranked among the leading topics that ISPA members want more information on," said ISPA President Lynne McNees. "The new version of the Spa Compensation Survey gives spa professionals easier and faster access to compensation data that is so important to them in managing their businesses."

WageWatch President and COO Margaret Dyekman added, "The challenge has been to capture complex compensation data and report it back in an easy-to-understand manner. We've improved on doing that, and spa survey participants are telling us that they are using the information to ensure they compensate competitively."

The enhanced survey, which is completely Web-based, includes a downloadable User's Guide to assist first-time participants with entering data and running reports. Survey participants can sort their data reports by spa type or make custom selections of the competitors in their particular labor market. The process and methodology for gathering data and reporting results comply with U.S. Department of Justice guidelines for conducting compensation and benefits surveys.

ISPA member participants receive more than 50 percent off the subscription to the Spa Compensation Survey. Data submission is underway, and 2007 survey results are now available. For more information, contact http://www.wagewatch.com/.

About WageWatch Inc.

WageWatch Inc., the leading Web-based source for compensation and benefits data, provides instantly accessible industry wage, salary and benefits data, delivered to any Internet-enabled device. Using a patent-pending technology, WageWatch surveys the hotel, timeshare, healthcare, spa, and gaming industries and provides companies with the data they need to make their compensation and benefits decisions.

About ISPA

ISPA is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the spa industry. ISPA's membership is comprised of more than 3,000 health and wellness facilities and providers from 75 countries. ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. More details on ISPA are available on http://www.experienceispa.com/cms/cms/articles/.

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