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Chapter 5: Total Reward

Total Reward (TR) represents the full remuneration amount for each employee.

TR is the sum of the Total Remuneration Package (TRP) plus bonuses. Bonuses include:

  • individual performance bonuses
  • sign-on bonuses
  • productivity bonuses
  • retention bonuses
  • whole-of-agency or group performance bonuses.

The weighted TR median increase from 2018 to 2019 was 1.4% including 1.4% for non-SES employees and 1.7% for SES.

The TR median increase across all classifications from 2018 to 2019 was 2.9% (Table 5.1). The highest increase was 5.2% for Graduates followed by 3.9% for the APS 2. The smallest increase was 0.1% for the APS 1. TR values are close to those for TRP, showing the small proportion that bonuses contribute to overall remuneration.

Table 5.1 Total Reward by classification, 2018 and 2019
 

P5

Q1

Median

% change

Q3

P95

2018

2019

2018

2019

2018

2019

2018

2019

2018

2019

Grad.

$68,329

$70,009

$70,734

$73,325

$72,862

$76,643

5.2%

$76,667

$77,968

$80,008

$84,121

APS 1

$46,940

$50,162

$52,257

$52,290

$57,077

$57,136

0.1%

$59,741

$59,543

$63,542

$64,324

APS 2

$53,534

$59,148

$62,148

$64,801

$65,729

$68,286

3.9%

$69,405

$70,990

$72,635

$73,731

APS 3

$67,361

$66,881

$71,770

$73,125

$74,995

$76,525

2.0%

$77,934

$79,115

$82,221

$82,835

APS 4

$75,767

$76,377

$81,272

$81,627

$83,947

$84,787

1.0%

$86,651

$87,800

$89,278

$90,420

APS 5

$83,880

$84,719

$88,330

$88,865

$91,344

$92,370

1.1%

$94,259

$95,804

$97,968

$99,295

APS 6

$94,086

$95,205

$102,898

$104,062

$107,463

$108,603

1.1%

$111,402

$112,869

$115,848

$117,317

EL 1

$120,098

$120,402

$128,880

$130,530

$133,825

$135,598

1.3%

$137,123

$138,628

$145,399

$146,690

EL 2

$145,372

$147,185

$160,933

$162,135

$168,298

$170,397

1.2%

$174,040

$175,437

$198,360

$196,421

SES 1

$221,410

$226,625

$238,492

$243,970

$251,519

$255,317

1.5%

$266,249

$270,472

$286,363

$290,591

SES 2

$280,859

$288,844

$303,407

$310,054

$317,159

$324,212

2.2%

$337,819

$343,440

$380,818

$391,855

SES 3

$373,071

$383,788

$403,993

$416,672

$430,080

$436,856

1.6%

$453,001

$457,372

$509,673

$501,585

All

$71,560

$74,152

$84,072

$85,891

$97,847

$100,700

2.9%

$127,740

$130,530

$171,555

$173,782

Over a five year period the increase in TR has varied between classifications. Figure 5.1 shows that the smallest increase has been for the APS 1 (2.7%). The largest increases were seen for Graduates (10.4%) and SES 3 (10.2%). As with TRP, increases in TR for SES levels were lower than those for Base Salary.

Figure 5.1 Median Total Reward by classification, 2015 and 2019

Figure 5.2 shows the changes in TR ranges across classifications. Movement in percentiles builds on changes to Base Salary and TRP.

Figure 5.2 Total Reward range by classification, 20118 and 2019

Performance bonuses

Figure 5.3 shows that performance bonuses continued to decrease in the APS. The total number of employees who received a performance bonus in 2019 decreased by 15.5% from the previous year. Since 2015, the number of employees receiving performance bonuses has decreased by 46%.

When changes to population are factored in, the overall proportion of employees who received a performance bonus is also reducing. The proportion of employees who received a performance bonus has decreased from 11.5% in 2018 to 9.9% in 2019. Since 2015, the proportion has decreased from 17.6%.

Just over 90% of performance bonuses paid to employees in 2019 were under $2,500. The median value of performance bonuses paid in 2019 dropped by 8% from the previous year decreasing from $1,000 to $922.

Figure 5.3 Employees in receipt of performance bonus payments, 2015 - 2019

Performance and other bonus types have historically been a common feature for SES classifications. Figure 5.4 shows that the overall proportion of SES employees in receipt of performance bonuses has continued to decrease over the past five years.

Figure 5.4 Proportions of SES employees who received a performance bonus, 2015 - 2019