More than half (55.2%) of all employees in managerial and professional roles took home a bonus last year, research from XpertHR reveals. Although the sums involved are typically small, they can provide a much-needed boost to salaries for many employees on lower pay rates.
The XpertHR Managers and Professionals Salary Survey 2018-2019 analysed payroll data for more than 250,000 white collar employees in 443 organisations.
While many organisations operate a bonus scheme, their discretionary nature means that not everyone will receive a payment. The average sum paid to the 138,758 individuals in receipt of a bonus was £2,491. Based on their average £29,679 salary, the bonus is worth 8.4% of salary.
For the majority, bonus payments were worth less than £1,000 – 63.7% of payments were recorded at this level. However, more than a quarter (26.8%) were worth between £1,000 and £4,999. Just 1% of payments were of £25,000 or more.
The level of payments varies greatly by job level, with the average £93,967 for chief executives set at more than 100 times the average £825 for entry level professionals. By job function, the highest average bonus, of £12,159, was paid to sales and marketing positions.
By industry, bonuses were most common for individuals employed in private-sector-services firms (74.3%), followed by those in manufacturing and production (52.7%). Just 19.2% of employees in the charities/not for profit sector received a bonus, and only 6.2% of those in the public sector.
Other variables by which the data was analysed include the following:
- Gender. The data reveals that 58.2% of men received a bonus, compared with 52.8% of women.
- Age. The youngest employees in our sample – those aged between 18 and 20 – were most likely to have received a bonus (67.3%), followed by those aged 64 to 66 (60.1%).
- Organisation size. The likelihood of receiving a bonus increases with the size of organisation in which you work. While 27.2% of individuals in organisations with up to 249 employees received a bonus, this rises to 32.9% of those in organisations with between 250 and 999 employees, and 58% of those in organisations with more than 1,000 people.
XpertHR Managing editor for pay and HR practice Sheila Attwood said, “Bonuses continue to be a popular reward tool, enabling organisations to compensate employees for the effort they have put in and to encourage them to go the extra mile in the future. Payments are low for most employees, but can still provide a considerable boost to their basic salary.”