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Update on 2021 annual merit program for eligible staff

This message was sent to executive, deans and other senior academic leaders, academic heads, directors and managers, and senior professional leaders in Vancouver and the Okanagan.

12 August, 2021

I am pleased to confirm that UBC is proceeding with the 2021 annual merit program for those who have passed their probationary period and are at or above the midpoint of their salary range in the following groups:

  • Management & Professionals (AAPS), UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan
  • Executive Administrative staff (i.e., excluded clerical), UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan
  • Farmworkers, UBC Vancouver
  • Non-union Technicians and Research Assistants, UBC Vancouver

As a reminder, this program is intended to recognize eligible staff for their outstanding performance. As in previous years, participation in the merit program is a requirement. Consistent commitment to the program across the university helps ensure its integrity, as well as the university’s ability to retain and recruit outstanding staff.

Staff should be evaluated on the basis of their meritorious performance, as opposed to other factors such as equity and market pressures. This focus helps to reinforce the purpose of the program — recognition and reinforcement of outstanding performance.

Staff members who are currently at the maximum of their salary ranges are not eligible for ongoing salary increases. However, these employees can still be rewarded within the merit scale for meritorious performance through a one-time merit payment, extra vacation time, or professional development opportunities.

Excluded Management and Professional (XMP) staff, Service Unit Directors (SUDs), and Associate Vice Presidents (AVPs) are not included, as their compensation is governed by a separate process.

Human Resources has recently provided department/faculty administrators with information about the program, as well as department-specific spreadsheets, to process the merit increases.

For more information, visit: https://hr.ubc.ca/2021-merit-program-memo.

Thank you in advance for your support.


Michelle Berner
Managing Director, Human Resources — Total Compensation, Health & Wellbeing


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