Bonuses

Many employers operate contractual or discretionary bonus schemes to incentivise their employees.

A major legal issue for employers is to decide whether bonuses under the scheme are intended to be contractual or discretionary, and ensure that this is clearly reflected in the relevant employees’ contracts of employment.


Wage growth fastest in 11 years

Wages are growing at their fastest rate for 11 years, according to official figures released today. Unemployment increased slightly and the number of vacancies fell for the sixth consecutive time.

Church of England asset management report reveals huge pay gap

28 May 2019

Church Commissioners, the organisation that manages the assets of the Church of England, has a huge pay gap between its...

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NatWest pays female worker £150,000 to settle equal pay claim

10 May 2019

A former NatWest employee has won a £150,000 pay out after it emerged she was earning thousands of pounds less than a male colleague.

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gender pay gap

The 2018 gender pay gap: grounds for optimism?

5 Apr 2019

There may not have been a dramatic change in the gender pay gap, but HR, analytics and reward specialists are far from gloomy about what the latest crop of reports reveals

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John Lewis

John Lewis bonuses hit lowest level since 1953

7 Mar 2019

A slump in profits has seen the John Lewis Partnership cut its staff bonus to the lowest level in 66 years, the retailer has announced.

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More than half of managers received bonuses in 2018

14 Feb 2019

More than half of all staff in managerial and professional roles received a bonus last year, according to XpertHR analysis....

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Gender pay gap 2019: Three in 10 reports have errors

13 Feb 2019

Almost a third of organisations that have submitted their gender pay gap reports for this year have published erroneous data,...

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John Lewis Partnership might not pay staff bonus for first time in 66 years

10 Jan 2019

John Lewis Partnership may not pay its staff a bonus this year, despite having the funds to do so, as...

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Members of the Comply Direct team pick up their employee benefits prize from Alex Jones of The One Show and Rob Moss, editor of Personnel Today at the 2018 Personnel Today Awards ceremony

Comply Direct cleans up with Employee Benefits Award

21 Nov 2018

Packaging, environmental and waste management compliance business Comply Direct landed the Employee Benefits Award at the Personnel Today Awards 2018...

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Persimmon chief executive Jeff Fairburn

Persimmon ousts chief executive over bonus controversy

7 Nov 2018

The chief executive of one of the UK’s largest housebuilders, has left his role because the controversy over his £75m...

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Five lesser known maternity rights women must be aware of

20 Aug 2018

With statistics suggesting autumn is the most popular season to give birth, Beverley Sunderland clarifies some lesser known maternity rights...

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Employers spend thousands on extra benefits to attract skilled EU workers

25 Jul 2018

Six in 10 organisations have offered EU workers extra incentives – including medical insurance, bonuses and higher salaries – in...

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Executive pay ratio reporting: Six issues for employers to consider now

18 Jul 2018

New legislation will require UK quoted companies with more than 250 employees to publish the pay ratio between their CEO...

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Corporate governance code encourages board-level diversity and transparency

16 Jul 2018

A new corporate governance code, which aims to improve public trust in business, has urged employers to establish a culture...

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Pret’s £1,000 employee bonus: Do short-term rewards achieve anything?

5 Jun 2018

The new owners of sandwich chain Pret A Manger have promised a £1,000 bonus to all employees who are on...

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