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This is about the bonus structure some jobs operate, whether you are entitled to a bonus in your contract or whether it's based on profitability of the company that year or bonuses are just traditional anyway.
As some of you may have read on another gripe of mine, I'm a street sweeper in my local borough who works for a contractor paid by the council. Speaking to colleagues who have worked for the company several years, I've only been here months, so my first Christmas is on the horizon, they tell me that they used to get a bonus at the end of the year but maybe two years ago or so this was scrapped.
The office staff including transport manager, supervisors, the depot manager and such get a salary and are paid bonuses if the company makes enough, and the amount is variable. This is usually by saving the company money throughout the year, by ordering cheaper materials such as bin bags that split when you try to stretch them over the litter bins and not reordering new equipment when one breaks down. They get paid sick days anyway as well, unlike us hourly paid plebs who do the graft and we have to do our jobs well so that the company stays in business. I suppose I can't complain if there's bonus written into the contract, but it was a thing we used to get but now don't.
I think the attendance bonus we get which is paid in our wages may be a replacement for it but cannot be sure. That's worked out weekly so if you miss a day you'd lose the week's money, not much 20 quid for me and 40 for the HGV drivers but still at least 80 to 160 or slightly more in a month as we are paid monthly now.