Incentives in the context of salary in India, generally refers to additional compensation that is designed to motivate and reward employees for exceeding certain performance goals or metrics. Incentives are mostly monetary in nature.
Here are some common types of incentives in India:
An extra amount paid for hitting specific targets or achieving certain metrics, which can be individual, departmental, or company-wide.
For roles primarily involved in sales, a commission is often paid as a percentage of the revenue generated.
Some companies offer a share in profits to their employees, typically distributed annually.
Besides fixed components like basic, dearness allowance, and house rent allowance, some companies have a variable pay component that depends on both the individual's and the company’s performance.
A one-time bonus given upon joining the company, usually to highly skilled employees.
These are paid to employees to stay with the organization for a certain period, usually during crucial projects or times of organizational change.
One-time incentives awarded for the successful completion of a particularly challenging or important project.
Companies offer stock options (ESOPs) to senior management and key personnel who achieve targets
The common incentive pay structures are as following:
In general, structured incentives or variable pay make up 30% or less of the total compensation.
According to an article by EY, In 2022, the typical variable compensation made up 15.6% of the total pay package, showing an increase from the 14% observed in 2021. The banking sector recorded the most significant proportion of performance-based rewards, constituting 25.5% of overall compensation. On the other hand, the telecom industry had a comparatively modest variable pay component, accounting for just 13.7% of total remuneration, which was lower than most other industries.
When designing incentive pay structure for employees, it is important to understand the market standards for your sector and your competitors offerings. When your incentive pay structure doesn't meet the market benchmark, it can lead to voluntary employee attrition.
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