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Revenue and Customs: Pay

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria a civil servant in HM Revenue and Customs must fulfil to be (a) considered for and (b) awarded a bonus on top of their regular salary. (192415)

[holding answer 7 March 2008]: In respect of the pay framework for the senior civil service, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) on 13 March 2008, Official Report, column 537W.

For other staff, individual performance is measured against objectives agreed for each performance year. ‘Top performer’ payments are made to staff who have exceeded these objectives and sustained very high levels of performance and behaviour. In addition, a small number of ‘Good Performers’ (i.e. those staff who have delivered the required levels of performance against their business and development objectives) receive a payment in addition to their basic pay award if they are on the maximum of their pay range.

HMRC also operates a recognition bonus scheme which provides an immediate reward, outside the terms of the appraisal system, for the visible demonstration of exceptional performance during the delivery of particularly demanding tasks, projects or situations.