Promoted, but paid less due to lack of commission

Last year I took two months of agreed sick leave. While I was on leave my role was changed to a more senior position, meaning that I would be earning far less commission than I did and my wage not increased. Commission has always made up 40% of my wage. My outgoings are now more more than my income as I’m back down to my basic wage which was always agreed to be lower because I’m so heavily commissioned. I’m having to cancel direct debits, sell my car and potentially sell my home to release equity. Despite promises, my wage has not been increased. What can I do?

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I would advise that you firstly look at your contract to see what it says about commission. Commission and bonus can be non-contractual, but there should be a clause in there. It is also worth checking your offer letter on what it says.
If there isn’t anything official about the new role, then the terms of your old role should still stand. How was the change implemented? Did you agree to this new role; were you interviewed/promoted? There should be something official, and I would check this with HR if there is someone to speak to on this.
I would advise to put everything clearly in writing, explaining that by removing your commission and not increasing your basic salary this is leaving you with a large reduction in salary and that the role as it currently stands is not sustainable for you. They may offer you to go back to your previous role or look at officially increasing your basic wage.


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