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Departmental Pay

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of staff of his Department and its agencies did not receive the maximum bonus possible under a bonus scheme applying to them in the last two years. (217416)

The core Ministry of Justice employs staff previously employed on several sets different terms and conditions, each with their own legacy arrangements for bonus payments.

The information provided as follows relates to former DCA senior civil service (SCS) and grades below SCS. The data exclude payments to magistrates courts staff (who became civil servants within this Department in April 2005 and whose terms and conditions did not normally allow for payment of performance or special bonuses) and staff in the Tribunals Service who joined the former DCA on 1 April 2006 about whom information is not available to us prior to 2007.

Proportion of members of the senior civil service not paid the maximum bonus amount during the past two years






Proportion of staff below the SCS who did not receive the maximum performance bonus amount during the past two years (not awarded maximum performance bonus in respect of the 2006 and 2007 performance years)







1. Performance bonuses are paid to staff who are assessed to have performed over and above the standard expected from them over the course of the whole performance year.

2. During the above years there was one single amount paid to staff receiving an exceeded marking. This was £400.

3. Data referring to proportion refers only to those staff on relevant terms and conditions (i.e. only include former DCA and Court Service staff but not staff on magistrates courts terms and those who joined from the other Government Departments during machinery of government changes in 2005 and 2006 and who were not subject to the former DCA performance management or reward systems during the relevant period).

4. Information on performance bonus payments for the 2007-08 performance year is not yet available. These payments are implemented as part of the annual pay award which will be paid in August.

5. The information contained above excludes payments to staff on Home Office terms and conditions who transferred to the Ministry of Justice with the establishment of the Ministry in May 2007. Information for these staff for 2007-08 is included in the answer to this question provided by the Home Office. Information for 2007-08 as information is not yet available.

Proportion of staff below the SCS who did not receive the maximum special bonus amount during the past two years.

Special bonuses are paid to staff ‘in year’ for exceptional contribution over and above that normally expected during the performance year. Awards are benchmarked locally and there is ‘no maximum’ amount payable.

HM Prison Service. HM Prison Service became an Executive agency of the Ministry of Justice on 9 May 2007.

In 2006-07, no member of staff employed by HMPS was awarded the maximum bonus available.

In 2007-08, two members of staff received this bonus. The total number of staff in post at this time was 51,239, therefore as a proportion more than 99.99 per cent. of staff did not receive the maximum possible bonus.