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Departmental Pay

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Departmental employees were paid (a) over £60,000 and (b) over £100,000 per annum, inclusive of bonuses, in the most recent financial year for which figures are available. (173104)

In the 2006-07 financial year 290 staff were paid between £60,000 and £100,000 and 28 staff were paid over £100,000 per annum, inclusive of bonuses.

This data relates to staff in core-DEFRA and those Agencies covered by the core-Department’s reward arrangements (Animal Health, Pesticides Safety Directorate, Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Marine and Fisheries Agency and Government Decontamination Services).

Bonuses are used to reward excellent performance during the year, and are based on a judgment of how well an individual has performed relative to their peers. Performance related pay schemes encourage high attainment because bonuses have to be earned each year. They help drive high performance in departments and agencies and support better public service delivery.