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Departments: Pay

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years for which information is available; what proportion of the total work force they represented; what the total amount of bonuses paid has been; what the largest single payment was in each year; and if he will make a statement. (152714)

The MOD civilian staff numbers, taken from the departmental end of year accounts, is 90,650 (excluding trading funds). Figures for the 2006-07 financial year are not yet available, we are only able to supply four years of data. The number and value of annual appraisal related bonuses paid to members of the senior civil service (SCS), to fixed term appointees and to civil servants below the level of the SCS covered by the MOD main pay deal (excluding trading funds and agencies), over the past four years, are listed in the following tables one to three. The Ministry of Defence also awards special bonuses to individuals and teams for exceptional performance in a specific task or for the achievement of professional qualifications which benefit MOD and the individual; these are shown in table four. The final table (five) shows the total value of all bonuses paid: in cash terms and as a percentage of the civilian work force.

Table 1: Bonuses paid to senior civil servants

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

Number of bonuses paid

181

184

136

140

Value of bonuses paid (£)

1,178,500

918,000

711,737

701,221

Highest bonus payment (£)

16,000

12,500

11,358

9,822

Table 2: Bonuses paid to fixed term appointees

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

Number of bonuses paid

10

10

14

13

Value of bonuses paid (£)

73,191

65,586

112,329

86,531

Highest bonus payment (£)

12,915

14,340

8,500

6,827

Table 3: End of year bonuses paid to staff below the level of the SCS1

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

Number of bonuses paid

46,463

38,766

36,043

27,497

Value of bonuses paid (£)

36,197,006

37,962,800

29,312,275

20,203,875

Highest bonus payment (£)

3,750

3,750

3,175

2,600

1 Excluding MOD trading fund agencies

Table 4: Special bonuses1

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

Number of staff who received bonus(es)

9,974

10,131

10,074

11,872

Value of bonuses paid (£)

3,961,417

4,364,400

3,962,482

3,909,531

Highest bonus payment (£)

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

1 Excluding MOD trading fund agencies

Table 5: Summary of bonuses paid

Total

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

Value of all bonuses paid (£)

41,410,114

43,310,786

34, 098,823

24,901,158

Percentage of total civilian work force

62.5

51.3

47.8

41.1