Everyone likes a bonus – be it a bonus in pay, or a bonus episode for your favourite TV show. Everyone, that is, except statisticians. Bonuses are hard to define and measure and are often excluded from data on pay. But bonuses could be really important to understand labour market tightness – a topic of much interest at the moment. This blog takes a quick walk through some pay measures, highlighting the role of bonuses, and exploring what has happened to bonuses before, during and since the pandemic.