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Departmental Pay

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) her Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made. (207468)

The numbers of bonuses paid to all staff and the cost of these in the 2007-08 financial year are given in the following table:

Number of bonuses

Cost of bonuses (£)

Senior civil servants (SCS)

104

686,000

All staff below SCS

391

332,350

Total

495

1,018,350

In Communities and Local Government, bonus payments are made to those members of staff who are found to have made a significant contribution towards the achievement of the teams, and/or Department’s objectives. Individuals are expected to show that they have exceeded the requirements set for the achievement of the objective and have demonstrated exemplary behaviour in doing so. Our senior civil service staff members are also assessed against a range of factors, such as:

The achievement of their Prime Objective which focuses on the way in which they lead, manage and develop their staff;

Degree to which business objectives are met;

Delivery for Ministers;

Demonstration of skills such as judgement, leadership and the PSG skills;

Effective resource management

Details of bonuses paid in the Department’s agencies is not held centrally.