4. Performance-related pay

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 don’t 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:

You can get advice from Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), Citizens Advice or your trade union representative.