Bonuses paid to lowest performers?

02 October 2014

Approximately a third (31%) of UK employers give bonuses to employees with the lowest performance rating, according to research by Towers Watson.

Many thanks to Employee benefits for this report:

The 2014 Towers Watson Global workforce study,which surveyed 32,000 employees including 1,863 in the UK, found that employers are spreading the pay pot more thinly and evenly than in recent years, consequentially widening the gap between pay and performance.

Just 39% of UK workers see a clear link between their pay and performance.

The research also found that UK organisations are not differentiating pay sufficiently for top staff.

While salary remains the top consideration for UK staff when deciding to join or stay with an employer, the research found that UK bosses are falling short on how they deliver pay programmes including basic salary and bonuses. According to the study, 44% of employees say their organisation does a good job explaining its pay programmes.

In addition, less than half (43%) of respondents believe their employer rewards them adequately for breakthrough ideas.