Coronavirus: M&S scraps executive bonuses for a second year

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There will be no salary increases across the company
// Marks & Spencer will not pay bonuses for a second year
// This is despite its “much stronger management team”
// CEO Steve Rowe’s pay will be frozen

Marks & Spencer has said it will not pay executive bonuses for a second year, despite its “much stronger management team” since the coronavirus pandemic.

The retailer’s annual report revealed that executive bonuses will be scrapped for 2020/21, the pay of chief executive Steve Rowe will be frozen and there will be no salary increases.

This is as a result of last year’s performance and the impact of the pandemic on business, chairman Archie Norman said.


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“Executive directors will still continue to be measured against a scorecard of individual objectives aligned to the strategic priorities set out earlier in this report,” M&S said in its remuneration report.

“However, no financial payment will be made in respect of their achievements.

“The committee debated the appropriateness of this decision in a time when executives are working harder than ever and believes, in the context of wider macroeconomic factors and the experience of the business with a large number of colleagues placed on furlough, this is the right decision for M&S.”

No bonus was paid out in 2019/20 because of the performance of the company.

Rowe’s total salary was down about 20 per cent compared with the previous year as a result of lower PSP (Performance Share Programme) outcomes and the reduction in share price during the year.

He was paid £1.21 million, including £143,279 paid out under the PSP scheme.

Norman added that the pandemic forced M&S to operate “in ways never operated before”.

He said M&S staff were now increasingly “multitasking in stores”.

“The manner in which our colleagues have been galvanised to act with pace and agility gives us confidence we can emerge stronger, as a faster, more streamlined business,” he added.

“We are now, after two and a half years of transformation, on the verge of completing a much stronger management team, most notably with the arrival of Eoin Tonge as chief financial officer, Katie Bickerstaffe as chief strategy and transformation director, and Richard Price as managing director, clothing and home, together with many others.”

In separate news, M&S said earlier this week that it was preparing to open the majority of its clothing space on June 15 since being closed due to the pandemic.

Over the past nine weeks, M&S’s 600 food stores have remained open, while the majority of its clothing space had closed in line with government guidance.

M&S has 260 stores that sell both clothing & food which have prepared on how to manage social distancing and the flow of customers in and out of stores.

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