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Posted December 18, 2012 by

72% of Employers Offering Year-End Bonuses, Up From 53% in 2011

As the nation’s economy continued to improve in 2012, so did employers’ generosity when it comes to rewarding worker contributions to success.  Results of a new survey show that 72 percent of employers plan to offer some type of year-end bonus this year, up from 53 percent a year ago.

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

The survey of human resources executives conducted by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. found that nearly 28 percent of employers will hand out bonus checks based on the company’s annual performance.  Another 17 percent said their companies will award bonuses to a select group of employees based on individual performance.

The results of the non-scientific survey were based on approximately 100 responses to an e-mail poll distributed in November.  Among those responding, only 21 percent said no bonuses would be distributed this year.  In contrast, the 2011 survey saw more than 43 percent say no bonuses would be handed out that year. (more…)