Contribution Reward Scheme

Scheme with effect from 1 January 2014, for academic-related and assistant staff in grades 1–11

Introduction

1.1 The University of Cambridge operates an annual contribution reward scheme for academic-related and assistant staff in grades 1–11. The scheme is made up of two components:

  1. Contribution Increments (for sustained/ongoing contribution)
    The award of additional increments (in the normal pay range or in the contribution range) will be used to recognise an individual's outstanding and sustained contribution over and above the normal expectation for the role, in the context of expected continuation at that level.

  2. Single Contribution Payments (for one-off/time limited contribution)
    This scheme allows awarding authorities to recognise an individual's exceptional contribution, over and above the normal expectation for the role, in the context of a one-off task or project that is finite in nature. Such payments are subject to affordability of the Awarding Authority. These payments are non-pensionable and applications should be made as part of the contribution reward ‘round’ except in exceptional circumstances.

1.2 The budget available to fund Contribution Increments is subject to cash limitation. The expectation is that awards made from non-UEF/Chest budgets should not exceed the relative percentage of the UEF/Chest budget allocation (see 5.3 below). Awarding authorities will be responsible for ensuring that the award of Contribution Increments is within their allocated share of the budget. This may mean that some staff who have demonstrated excellent performance will not be successful and it is the responsibility of Heads of Institution and Awarding Authorities to demonstrate objectively any ranking awarded and the subsequent decisions taken. Please note that the award of Contribution Increments forms a recurrent cost to Departments and therefore increases baseline spend in future years.

1.3 Awarding authorities will be responsible for ensuring that the award of Single Contribution Payments can be paid for from their own in year Chest funded budget, i.e. no additional budget will be provided for these payments.