Base and variable pay

Support your organisation by learning to design and manage pay structures in a way that’s fair and reflects organisational objectives and your industry.

Development Programme

Access to the CIPD Learning Hub

15% discount for CIPD members

£990.00 exc. VAT

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Virtual class

Perfect for:

Reward specialists
Benefits consultant
HR generalists

You’ll learn how to:

  • describe, choose and set pay structures
  • explain equal pay, pay progression and the options available to organisations
  • define and assess performance-related pay
  • evaluate and benchmark bonus payments, sales incentives, and commission.

About this course

Course length: Two days

Delivery: Online classes

Suitable for: People professionals with experience in employee reward, compensation, and benefits.

Topics covered

  • reward context and job evaluation
  • pay setting and structures
  • pay progression and equal pay
  • performance related pay
  • bonus payments
  • sales incentives and commissions.

What to expect from this ‘base and variable pay’ course

This course in understanding employee pay has been created for people professionals with experience of working in employee rewards and benefits. It gives you the tools to implement pay strategies aligned with your organisation’s vision and strategy, carry out good practice, and manage emerging issues. This base and variable pay course is based on the latest CIPD research and is facilitated by a leading reward specialist. By understanding benefits at work, you’ll learn to lead discussions on differing pay structures, identify the strengths and weaknesses of various pay models and ensure fair pay for all employees.

What you’ll need to do on this course

This is a two-day online course. Each day has four hours of online lessons. We recommend you support your online learning with self-directed learning before and after the course – this should take around six hours.

What you’ll get on this course

At the end of this course, you’ll receive a certificate. Taking part in this course gives you access to the CIPD Learning Hub for 12 months. Here, you can access your course content together with other valuable resources and tools. When you finish your course, you can enjoy an additional 12 months of access to other resources on the Learning Hub.


Learning outcomes

By the end of this ‘base and variable pay’ course, you’ll be able to:

  • describe, design, and manage a pay structure for your organisation
  • use job evaluation and similar criteria to ensure fair pay across your organisation
  • ensure pay strategies are aligned to organisational needs and vision.

Team bookings

Interested in booking this course for your team? We offer group bookings solutions for teams of four or more people.

When your teams learn with the CIPD, they get direct access to the latest professional research and insights.

And through courses co-created with industry thought leaders and practitioners, they’ll build the skills and confidence they need to inspire action, influence change and drive business value.

We offer a wide range of Learning and Development solutions to suit employees at every level – whether in HR, L&D, OD or wider people management.