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Departmental Pay

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost. (226424)

Bonus payments in the Ministry of Justice may be either ‘Year-end’ bonuses, paid to high performing staff to reflect their individual contribution during the previous performance year or ‘In year’ bonuses may be paid to staff to recognise exceptional contribution during the performance year. During the financial year 2007-08 2,535 end of year bonuses and 5,327 in year bonuses were paid.

The cost of bonus payments made during the financial year 2007-08 was £4,559,454. This includes Employer’s National Insurance contributions at 9 per cent. Bonus payments are non pensionable and therefore are not subject to Employer’s Pension Contributions.