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Bonus Payments

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in her Department in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; and how many officials received bonuses in each year. (101087)

The total bonus paid to members of the senior civil service in DCA in (a) the year 2001-02 was £100,730 and 39 officials received a bonus in that year.

The total bonus paid to members of the senior civil service in DCA in (b) the year 2002-03, was £170,557 and 43 officials received a bonus in that year.

The total performance bonus paid to staff beneath the grade of senior civil service in (a) the year 2001-02 was £263,700. 879 officials received a non-consolidated £300 bonus in that year. Non-consolidated special bonuses to the amount of £99,346 were paid to 333 officers in that year.

The total performance bonus paid to staff beneath the grade of senior civil servant in (b) the year 2002-03 was £429,450. 1,127 officials received a non-consolidated bonus of £350 in that year. Non-consolidated special bonuses to the amount of £82,701 were paid to 960 officers in that year.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what criteria a civil servant in her Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary and (b) to be awarded a bonus. (101123)

Members of the senior civil service within the Department receive non-consolidated cash payments known as a bonus in recognition of their performance in relation to achieving their agreed objectives or a short term personal contribution to wider organisational objective.

Civil servants in non senior civil service grades may receive a bonus under two separate arrangements.

Under the performance management system they are eligible to receive non-consolidated cash payments known as a “performance bonus”. Currently this is £400 although in 2001-02 it was £300 and 2002-03 it was £350.

The criterion for a performance bonus is that a member of staff

“regularly achieved performance well above what was agreed in your performance and development plan”

Eligibility is set out in the guidance issued to line managers on performance management. Each year an individual staff member's performance is measured against a set of key responsibilities and job objectives appropriate to their particular grade.

Under the recognition system, staff in these grades are also eligible to be nominated for a non-consolidated “special bonus”. These awards start at a value of £50 and are awarded in recognition of exceptional performance on specific tasks, i.e. performance above and beyond what could normally be expected of the individual in fulfilling their normal duties. Staff may be nominated for a special bonus either by their own line manager or by colleagues. Dependant on their terms and conditions, staff in the magistrates courts service who joined the Department by TUPE on the 1 April 2005 may be eligible, on criteria set at the discretion of their local Justices' Clerk or by their local terms and conditions, to receive an honaria.