Bonuses most popular in B.C. and smaller companies

Across all metrics, 28.1 per cent of employees received an average bonus of 4.6 per cent
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 12/01/2010

A worker in British Columbia, in the durable goods manufacturing sector and in a small company, is the most likely to receive a short-term incentive — and to get the largest amount too — according to a survey by Towers Watson. The 2010/2011 Canadian Survey Report on Office Personnel Compensation surveyed 228 organizations across the country reporting data on more than 24,000 employees including those in marketing, legal, accounting, information systems and human resources.

“We’ve been going through a lot of analysis in terms of looking at some data and highlights and these numbers are pretty typical in what we’ve been seeing with clients,” said David Gore, senior consultant at Towers Watson.

Bonus and profit sharing payments averaged 4.6 per cent of base salary for all salary levels combined with an average of 28.1 per cent of office personnel receiving a payment.