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Bonuses

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of his staff in each of the last three years; and what the total cost was. (73094)

The number and value of annual appraisal related bonuses paid to members of the senior civil service (SCS), to fixed term appointees and to civil servants below the level of the SCS, over the past three years, are listed in the following tables one to three. In addition, the Ministry of Defence awards special bonuses to individuals and teams for exceptional performance in a specific task or for the achievement of professional qualifications which benefit MOD and the individual; these are shown in table four. The final table (five) shows the total value of all bonuses paid: in cash terms and as a percentage of the total civilian pay bill.

Table 1: Bonuses paid to senior civil servants

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

Number of bonuses paid

184

136

134

Value of bonuses paid (£)

909,500

711,737

672,460

Table 2: Bonuses paid to fixed term appointees

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

Number of bonuses paid

12

16

13

Value of bonuses paid (£)

80,478

119,668

80,347

Table 3: End of year bonuses paid to staff below the level of the SCS [excluding MOD Trading Fund Agencies]

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

Number of bonuses paid

38,766

36,043

27,497

Value of bonuses paid (£)

37,962,800

29,312,275

20,203,875

Table 4: Special bonuses [excluding MOD Trading Fund Agencies]

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

Number of staff who received bonus(es)

10,131

10,074

11,872

Value of bonuses paid (£)

4,364,400

3,962,482

3,909,531

Table 5: Summary of bonuses paid

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

Value of all bonuses paid (£)

43,317,178

34,106,162

24,866,213

Percentage of total civilian pay bill

Accounts not yet published

1.15

1.01