UK - Average trustee salaries are increasing as the role becomes more onerous but a third of pension funds are still finding it difficult to recruit, research shows.
But it noted trustees were becoming "more demanding" as their roles became tougher.
It said scheme attempts to attract and retain trustees, increasing technical requirements and the onerous nature of trusteeship were driving the trend.
If found 59% of schemes now paid at least one trustee - up from 47% in 2007 and the median pay for chair of trustees now stood at £20,000 (US$30,000) - an increase of £2,500 since 2007.
And 44% of schemes surveyed had at least one independent trustee - compared with 35% last year.
Mercer principal Rachel Brougham explained there were numerous issues pushing the industry towards independent trusteeship.
She said: "Schemes are recognising that trustees should regard themselves as directors of multi-million pound businesses. We can see increased training, better governance and better structures being put in place.
"More thought is also being given to board structure and performance evaluation. The thorny issue of remuneration remains. It may be that trustees are becoming more demanding as their role becomes tougher."
The findings also showed 69% of boards were finding it easier to recruit trustees, compared with 64% in 2007, but this still left almost a third of trustees finding recruitment difficult.
The consultant noted this was primarily due to the perception that the role was too time consuming and difficult, while others had a fear of personal liability or a lack of interest.
Brougham added: "Trustee broads are responding to increasing pressure by dealing with their schemes in a more business like manner. A change in approach will not happen over night but it is reassuring to see this long term trend continue."
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