All civil service Departments are encouraged to develop non-consolidated bonus payments to recognise performance, in accordance with the civil service reward principles agreed by the Cabinet Office.
The information requested for the years prior to 2005-06 are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Detailed records for the number of civil servants who received staff bonuses during the period stated only exist for the following years:
Number 2005-06 12,622 2006-07 12,241
The 2006-07 figures do not include figures from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) as they have yet to complete payments to staff.