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Bonus Payments

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria a civil servant in his Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary and (b) to be awarded a bonus. (101041)

There are three bonus schemes operating within the Northern Ireland Office.

The special bonus scheme rewards staff in a tangible way for demonstrating effort or achievement in fulfilling short-term exercises or projects and these fall within the range of £50 to £750. Staff must be nominated for a bonus and their Director (Grade 3) will decide who is to receive an award and at what level.

As part off the annual pay round, staff below SCS can be awarded a non-consolidated performance bonus for demonstrating exceptional performance across an entire reporting year and these fall within the range of £650 (at the lowest grade—D2) to £1,400 (it the highest grade— A). Staff must have a nomination form completed by their line manager and endorsed by their countersigning officer. A moderating panel considers all of the recommendations and is able to approve an award up to a ceiling of 15 per cent. of staff at each grade within their Directorate.

As part of the annual pay round, SCS staff can be awarded a non-consolidated bonus to reward in-year performance in relation to agreed objectives, or short-term personal contribution to wider organisational objectives. The level of funding is decided centrally by Cabinet Office and bonuses are at minimum £3,000 and at maximum 20 per cent. of salary. Staff must have a nomination form completed by their line manager. A Pay Committee considers all the recommendations and decides who should be awarded a bonus.

These three schemes operate non-consolidated and non pensionable bonus schemes and therefore do not have associated future costs for paybill.