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Departments: Pay

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2006-07; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the total amount of bonuses paid was; what the largest single payment was; and if he will make a statement. (143095)

The information set out as follows comprises bonuses paid under the special bonus scheme, and the performance arrangements for all NIO staff at senior civil service level and below. Performance bonuses are paid subsequent to the reporting year. Bonuses relating to the 2005-06 reporting year were paid in 2006 and were as follows:

Number of staff receiving a bonus: 1,024

Proportion of total work force: 49.2 per cent.

Total amount of bonuses £686,425

Largest single payment: £11,000

Statistics are not yet available for the 2006-07 reporting year, as decisions on performance are currently being taken.

All of these bonus payments are non-consolidated and non-pensionable and therefore do not have associated future costs for paybill.