About Us

E-reward.co.uk is a leading provider of reward management information through its web site, publications, research, conferences, training and executive pay database.

We offer the latest insights into reward management to the people who need to know about it. If you are looking for insightful research, advice and guidance on the UK employee reward scene, we will save you the time and trouble.

Since 1999, our industry expertise has been delivering the latest thinking, research and education in reward management through:


Our web site, e-newsletter and reward magazine, bringing you news, comment and advice on the reward issues of the day. The definitive resource on all matters of interest to the reward specialist. Best of all it's absolutely free of charge.


Conferences, exhibitions and seminars showcasing good practice in employee reward.


An alliance with WorldatWork to offer its internationally-recognised (GRP) reward qualification in the UK, plus specialist short courses to aid your personal growth and skills development.

Executive remuneration

An executive remuneration database providing comprehensive, accurate and impartial information on board-level reward in the UK.


Original research designed to advance the theory and practice of reward management. This paid-for subscription service – entitled 'Reward Blueprints' – delivers a collection of case studies, surveys and toolkits, plus free access to a digital archive containing every research report we have published.

E-reward's mission

We bring the latest thinking and research in reward management to you through our web site, e-newsletters, journals and reports, and executive pay database, as well as reward conferences and reward courses. Our high quality, relevant information and guidance helps you improve your knowledge and understanding, form intelligent views and opinions and achieve your highest potential in reward management.

Our story

October 1999 – E-reward.co.uk launched

Did you know e-reward.co.uk was the UK's first web site dedicated solely to reward management? Launched in October 1999 by Michael Armstrong and Paul Thompson, it is now widely recognised as the UK's most comprehensive, popular and innovative reward web site. Quite simply, e-reward.co.uk is a unique source of expertise and up-to-the-minute information on a wide variety of reward topics. And it's still completely free.

June 2002 – New research programme unveiled

In June 2002, e-reward launched its ongoing original research programme. Its purpose is to advance the theory and practice of reward management among UK practitioners and others with an interest in how employees are rewarded at work.

Our research findings are published, in full, in a series of monthly research reports. This extensive body of research comprises a collection of case studies, surveys and toolkits on contemporary reward issues. Often proclaimed as "the answers we've been looking for", they provide high-quality information and advice in an easy-to-read format.

Solutions and ready-to-apply techniques are always highlighted and they are researched and written by the team at e-reward. These highly praised reports are available on paid-subscription only.

February 2006 – The Reward Quarter launched

The first issue of our new quarterly journal was published, as part of our commitment to providing you with clear analysis and practical insights into the reward issues of the day. Packed with short readable articles, to-the-point advice and quick tips, we hope it will become one of your favourite reward management reads. It's easy to dip in and out of, so keep it on hand for a coffee break or when you need a bit of inspiration.

Best of all, it's completely free of charge and is available in PDF format to all E-reward.co.uk members.

June 2011 – GRP certification courses and exams launched

E-reward.co.uk and WorldatWork are both globally recognised companies within the reward field. Now we've joined together to launch WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals' internationally-recognised GRP qualification for reward professionals in the UK.

Whether it's on your business card or CV, the GRP designation signifies expertise, professionalism and belonging to the foremost community of colleagues in your field. GRP stands for "Global Remuneration Professional". This elite, certified group set themselves apart by demonstrating knowledge, excellence and a commitment to the reward profession.

January 2015 – Executive remuneration database launched

An unrivalled resource for Remuneration Committee members, reward professionals and anyone involved in the executive remuneration field. We collect, aggregate and analyse vast amounts of board-level remuneration data sourced from company reports to inform your decision-making. Our subscription, research and bespoke services are built upon this data, expertise and independence.

Summer 2015 – Major revamp of our online service unveiled

Our new web site goes live. It's been completely rebuilt from scratch, divided into five main "departments", with a fresh new look and feel and improved functionality.


More than 5,000 reward specialists and HR professionals with an interest in reward now subscribe to our web site service and receive our free e-newsletter, ereward bites. A half of these subscribers are employed at manager of director level. We are pretty confident that we have the largest email database of reward managers in the UK.

Meanwhile, our annual conference is firmly established as an unmissable date in the reward practitioner's calendar and attracts a stellar line up of speakers. This year, we will also be running as many as 25 two-day GRP reward classes in London with our colleagues at WorldatWork and we will host two of our new "Showcase" events.

The co-founders

We're very fortunate. Michael Armstrong and Paul Thompson spend every minute of their working lives studying and researching reward issues. It's a subject we're truly passionate about. In fact, it has absorbed us both for a lifetime. A few years back, we both realised there was an enormous lack of support for the busy reward practitioner. E-reward was designed to fill this gap. Our mission is to take the toil out of the work you do.

We'll bring you all the latest thinking in reward management and give you our thoughts and guidance on all the issues of the day. We'll help you improve your knowledge and understanding, and form intelligent views and opinions – so you can get on with achieving everything you want and deserve at work. We'll give you all the tools you need at your fingertips.

Michael Armstrong

Michael is one of Britain's best known and prolific management authors, with titles on reward strategy, paying for contribution, job evaluation, performance management and employee reward. He has vast experience both as an HR practitioner and a consultant, and he is a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Paul Thompson

Paul spent 13 years working in the reward field at pay analysts Industrial Relations Services. Between 1993 and 1999, as editor of the Pay and Benefits Bulletin, he made a major contribution to the quality and high reputation of one of the foremost journals in the field. Paul has completed many major research projects on reward management and total reward.

The e-reward family of online publications, courses and conferences


A web-based research and information service offering timely information, comment and advice on the reward issues of the day – it's the complete guide on all matters of interest to the reward specialist.

Format web-based
Frequency regularly updated
Access free registration

Reward Blueprints

The findings from e-reward's extensive research programme are published in a series of paid-for research reports – a comprehensive collection of in-depth case studies, surveys and toolkits on contemporary reward issues.

Format PDF report plus access to archive of back issues
Frequency monthly (10 issues a year)
Access annual subscription from £255 + VAT plus free access to digital archive

The Reward Quarter

Packed with short, readable commentary, to-the-point advice and quick tips, our quarterly journal is easy to dip in and out of. It's your shortcut to all that's relevant in reward management.

Format PDF report
Frequency quarterly
Access free to E-reward.co.uk members

ereward bites

Our regularly-updated news service – a quick, concise newsletter to keep you right up-to-date with all the latest reward developments and what's new on the e-reward web site.

Format email
Frequency fortnightly
Access free to E-reward.co.uk members

E-reward annual conference

Our annual reward conference is held each year in London and attracts an audience of senior reward practitioners, consultants and academics.

Format 1.5-day public conference
Frequency annual
Access delegate fee

E-reward Showcase events

E-reward Showcase events feature a full day's informative and interesting seminar programme delivered by a leading reward expert. Our seminar leader facilitates the day, provides a series of insightful, highly-focused workshops and introduces reward practitioners to the sponsor and exhibitor sessions which are dispersed throughout the day.

Format One-day public seminar
Frequency quarterly
Access free to invited quests

Global Remuneration Professional (GRP®)

E-reward's alliance with WorldatWork offers Global Remuneration Professional or GRP® training classes in the UK to prepare reward professionals for certification through the WorldatWork Society for Certified Professionals. The GRP designation is earned by passing a required battery of ten examinations.

Format two-day preparation course with certification exam on day three in London
Frequency two classes per month
Access delegate fee

Mastering Reward

A specialist pay and benefits training programme from E-reward.co.uk and some of the brightest names from today's reward scene.

Format one- and two-day courses in London
Frequency quarterly
Access delegate fee

Executive remuneration database

Records all the key remuneration data from increasingly lengthy and complex remuneration reports – including pay, incentive gains, scheme design, pensions and benefits, as well as the new information required since late 2013.

Format PDF reports plus bespoke data services
Frequency regular updates
Access paid-for subscriptions, one-off reports, commissioned/bespoke research