The raises at Christine Perkett's public relations firm are about 2 percent lower than they were before the recession. She had stopped giving increases to workers at Boston-based Perkett PR in early 2009 and also laid off half her staff of 30. The company had suffered along with other public relations firms; clients' marketing budgets were one of the first expenses cut when the recession hit.Perkett started giving raises again a year and a-half ago. But increases are smaller than in the past, and Perkett is also giving out fewer bonuses. Employees have to work harder to get a bonus. Before the recession they were rewarded for bringing in clients. Now they also have to show they're working hard to keep them.
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