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Departmental Pay

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the cost was of (a) salaries paid in respect of permanent Civil Service posts, (b) salaries paid in respect of permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) payments to temporary or agency workers in his Department in each month since May 2005; (199883)

(2) how many (a) permanent Civil Service posts, (b) permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers there were in his Department in each month since May 2005.

Information on the number of staff within the Northern Ireland Office in each month since May 2005 is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The following tables provide a snapshot of the position in specific months for which figures are available. The information supplied in relation to temporary staff does not include agency staff as they are not paid via the Northern Ireland Office payroll.

No staff have been employed within the Northern Ireland Office as (b) permanent non-civil servants within the timescales specified.

Table A

Permanent civil services posts (full-time equivalent posts)

May 2005

1,801.5

April 2006

1,957.5

April 2007

1,953

Source: Figures taken from monthly manpower figures.

Table B

Posts filled by temporary staff

May 2005

48

April 2006

62

April 2007

30

Table C

Salaries paid to permanent and temporary staff (£)

May 2005

4,735,607.81

April 2006

5,062,393.03

April 2007

5,221,924.87

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in his Department in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made. (207477)

The information is as follows:

(a) All staff

In 2007-08, £557,000 was paid to all staff in the Department and its agencies as end-of-year performance bonuses.

(b) Senior civil service

In 2007-08, of the aforementioned amount at (a), £298,650 was paid to SCS staff as end-of-year performance bonuses.

The aforementioned payments were made to a total of 364 staff in the 2007-08 financial year, and related to performance in the 2006-07 reporting year. These bonuses, which are non-consolidated and non-pensionable, are used to reward excellent performance throughout the year, and are based on a judgment of how well an individual has performed relative to their peers.