Your employer should base your performance-related pay on clear, measurable targets - they should tell you about these.
There are 2 main types of performance pay:
- short-term schemes, like bonus payments or sales commission
- long-term schemes, like company shares
Non-payment of bonuses or commission
If you do not get a bonus or commission you’re owed and you think there’s been a mistake:
- speak to your employer to see if there’s been a misunderstanding
- ask them set out in writing how they’ve calculated your pay
- keep copies of any letters and notes of any meetings
If a bonus or commission is included in your contract, non-payment is a breach of contract. You can get help with making a complaint.
Non-payment of bonuses may also be covered legally under:
- unlawful deductions from wages - for example, you’re entitled to payment but it has not been given
- unlawful discrimination - your employer must not discriminate against particular groups, for example giving smaller bonuses to women
If you need help, you can: