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Departments: Pay

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at her Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was. (146421)

Senior civil service bonuses reward, and provide incentives for, delivery of key results. Under current arrangements, bonuses are used to reward performance during the year, and are based on a judgment of how well an individual has performed relative to their peers. Records of bonus payments made to SCS members are only available from 2002.

2002-03

115 out of 185 SCS staff received performance bonuses. The total costs were £463,552.

2003-04

138 out of 215 SCS staff received performance bonuses. The total costs were £672,409.

2004-05

180 out of 219 SCS staff received performance bonuses. The total costs were £1,187,000.

2005-06

158 out of 232 SCS staff received performance bonuses. The total costs were £1,071,118.