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Rural Payments Agency

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are employed in the Rural Payments Agency; what the cost of staff salaries was in 2005-06; and what the (a) highest and (b) lowest salary is for each job. (111396)

The total number of Rural Payment Agency (RPA) employees on the payroll as of 31 December 2006 was 3,187 (3,025.26 FTE).

The RPA paybill for the 2005-06 financial year was £85,792,426 and this includes employer national insurance contributions and superannuation.

Salary is determined by grade and the highest and lowest salary in each grade at RPA is:

£

Highest

Lowest

SCS

205,000

55,000

Grade 6

60,920

47,915

Grade 7

49,404

40,139

SFO

40,280

29,374

SEO

37,368

29,219

HEO

29,703

24,060

EO and PS

25,330

20,953

AO and SGB1 and typist

18,977

15,473

AA and SGB2

15,516

12,680

Note: The pay scales above are effective from 1 July 2006.