Employee benefits are putting the squeeze on companies looking to mitigate rising costs. A majority (84 percent) of chief financial officers surveyed in October by Grant Thornton LLP cited benefits as their greatest pricing pressure, up from 68 percent six months ago.

Roughly one-third of respondents say they will reduce health care benefits, 23 percent will reduce bonuses, and 18 percent will be reducing stock options/equity based compensation.

Grant Thornton LLP surveyed more than 500 U.S. CFOs and senior comptrollers participating.

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