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Departments: Pay

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was. (146425)

From 2002, individual departments and agencies have been responsible for their own reward arrangements for senior civil servants (including the award of non-pensionable performance bonuses) within a framework set by the Cabinet Office.

The following table gives the number of bonuses awarded to DFID’s senior civil servants since 2002, together with the total costs for each of those years. All bonus payments are non-pensionable. No bonus payments were made by DFID to members of the senior civil service prior to 2002.

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Number of awards

27

51

57

68

65

Total cost (£)

85,051

153,170

189,500

266,750

377,100

% of SCS paybill 1

2.3

3.8

4.0

5.0

6.5

1 The percentage of the senior civil service (SCS) paybill allocated to performance related bonuses has increased year-on-year. This is in line with the Government’s stated objective of building the bonus pot annually so that it reaches 10 per cent. of the SCS paybill by 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last three years; and at what total cost. (146984)

The following two tables give the number of non-pensionable bonuses awarded to DFID staff over the last three years, together with the total costs for each of those years.

Non-pensionable bonuses awarded to DFID senior civil servants (SCS)

2004-05

2005-06

2006-071

Number of awards

68

65

n/a

Total cost (£)

266,750

377,100

n/a

Percentage of SCS paybill2

5.0

6.5

n/a = not applicable.

1 Non-pensionable bonuses for the SCS in relation to the 2006-07 reporting year are not payable until November 2007.

2 The percentage of the SCS paybill allocated to performance related bonuses is increasing year on year. This is in line with the Government’s stated objective of building the bonus pot annually so that it reaches 10 per cent. of the SCS paybill by 2008.

Non-pensionable bonuses awarded to DFID staff in grades below the SCS

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Number of awards

508

1,106

1,020

Total cost (£)

230,600

515,865

558,233

Percentage of paybill for grades below the SCS1

0.4

0.8

0.9

1 For DFID staff below the SCS, the amount of money allocated for all forms of bonus payment is limited to a maximum of 1.2 per cent. of the paybill costs.