The payment of end-year bonuses is linked to an individual’s overall performance mark in their annual performance appraisal for the previous year. Prior to 2004-05 HMT operated a system for staff below Senior Civil Servant (SCS) with the following categories:
Top 5 per cent.
Next 30-35 per cent.
Next 50-55 per cent.
Next 5-10 per cent.
with those in the top two categories being awarded a bonus.
The categories in appraisal year 2004-05 were changed to:
Top 20 per cent.
Next 60 per cent.
Bottom 20 per cent.
with only those in the top category being awarded a bonus, which were paid in 2005-06. As a result the average size of end-year bonuses increased significantly.