Boss asking for thoughts on a new commission , no idea!
Hope you are all well!
So, a bit of background, as brief as poss.
I am in the middle of moving home, well, I have a buyer for mine, had found a new home and put offer forward. However, as I was furlough, my basic is pretty low and I was just getting 100% of that, no commssion. So, while I was furloughed, I emailed my boss to make sure I am getting full pay at the end of July (I started working the start of July) plus the commission I would have earned while on furlough (something he said he will do at the start of lockdown).
I will need to look at what we can do, whilst still claiming furlough money for you in July. The rules in respect of flexible furloughing changed on 1st July, but I haven't had the need to look at how that impinges of payment of commission.
A few days later, I end up having a phone call about something else and on the tail end, he said we will have a sit down with me as he wanted to change the commission scheme as it is a pretty old school model which I inherited and it takes him 6 hours to figure out every month blah blah. He followed this call with an email;
As discussed earlier, I wish to revamp the commission basis on which you are paid.
Part of the problem with the furlough and lock down, is that your commission is non-contractual, and is based on a model from a long time ago. As I mentioned, this is not planned to cut down your earnings, it is targeted at increasing the income of COMPANYXXX. Additionally, your base salary is up for discussion, which I am aware has not be revisited since October 2016, however your commission payments have balanced that.
Please look at options that you may wish to include, and how you would want it to work, for both you and COMPANYXXX. Depending on what we can put in place, I would hope to agree an early implementation of the new scheme, why may work in your favour, especially if we get a second spike of the virus. (Hopefuly we don’t, however….)
Thanks and I will see you, provisionally, on Friday morning..
So the sit down was meant to happen tomorrow but he has since broken his arm so is going for an opp, so we are doing it monday.. He emailed again;
My op is now hopefully tomorrow morning, so I will have to cancel meeting with you. Let's move it to Monday, time to be confirmed, however please email me your thoughts on the new commission basis, so I can look it over
That's the latest.
So to explain, I am paid £22,000 basic and have made around £48,000 in commission the last few years. We sell a few different products, some are paid for monthly, some are paid for upfront with an annual service charge. The later provides quite a large lump. I get 10% on everything, item, annual maintenance charge. 1 items sells a lot more than other other as it is a more popular product, the other doesn't sell so fast and isn't that much of an earner for me. Some items are things which were sold by a guy I took over from but it is still my role to hand hold them so I do think I should be entitled to it, some I don't but that's because they just get on with it.
I really do not know what he wants me to go back to him with? I do not want to come away earning less than £70,000 and I have to look longer term, I am pretty happy with the model, the only time it has been a negative is in this furlough period where I just get my low basic but I can live as it is just temporary.
Can anyone help me with what I should be saying back? Or offer any good ideas?