Knowledge Bank: Merit Increase

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A brief overview of the process to complete the action.

Merit increases are applied to the base pay of eligible employees in career positions based upon their job performance. The amount of the increase depends on the individual's performance in relation to current pay and assigned responsibilities as well as performance relative to other members of the review unit and availability of funds.

Merit eligibility varies depending upon the corresponding staff policy or collective bargaining agreement but is typically restricted to career, non-probationary employees.

University of California, Office of the President annually determines if a merit program will be implemented.

Merit increases:

  • Reward behaviors that support the mission of the organization.
  • Generate commitment to the attainment of superior performance results.
  • Empower employees to take ownership of results.