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Update on 2023 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.

11 September, 2023

I’m pleased to confirm that UBC is proceeding with the 2023 annual merit program for eligible employees in the following groups:

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

Consistent with past years, the maximum merit increase is 3%. The target average merit payment within VP portfolios or Faculties is 1.5%, and this is in addition to the general wage increase (GWI) of 6.75% for these groups.

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 one-time in lieu payments.

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 is providing department/Faculty administrators information and training about this year’s program and process, as well as department-specific spreadsheets to process the merit increases.

Please note that the GWI for AAPS and non-union Technicians and Research Assistants is anticipated to be processed in late October or early November, while Executive Administrative staff and Farm Workers have already received their GWI.

For more information, visit the Human Resources website.

Marcia Buchholz
Vice-President, Human Resources

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