MOJ Performance Pay

Performance Pay - It's had its day!

The PSA believes that pay is the compensation provided by an employer to a worker for their labour, time, knowledge and skills. We do not accept that pay is a ‘reward’, neither do we accept that pay should be used to incentivise workers either individually or in teams.

This is because:

  • It reinforces the ‘master-servant’ relationship
  • It undermines high involvement/ high performance workplaces and teamwork where workers are empowered to contribute
  • It is often based on measuring subjective factors outside of the control of the worker
  • It can undermine effective performance management
  • It is one of the contributors to unequal pay outcomes for women and other disadvantaged groups

The PSA's policy on what a fair pay system looks like can be found here

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