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Departmental Pay

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost. (226416)

The number of non-pensionable bonuses awarded to members of the senior civil service (SCS), to fixed term appointees and to civil servants below the level of the SCS covered by the MOD main pay deal (excluding trading funds and agencies), relating to performance in Financial Year 2007-08 and paid in FY 2008-09 to end September 2008, are listed in the tables one to three. The Ministry of Defence also awards special bonuses to individuals and teams for exceptional performance in a specific task or for the achievement of professional qualifications which benefit MOD and the individual; these are shown in table four as payments to date.

Table 1: Bonuses paid to senior civil servants


Number of bonuses paid


Value of bonuses paid (£ million)


Table 2: Bonuses paid to senior fixed term appointees


Number of bonuses paid


Value of bonuses paid (£)


1 There are eight outstanding bonus payments still to be agreed.

Table 3: End-of-year bonuses paid to staff below the level of the SCS1


Number of bonuses paid


Value of bonuses paid (£)


1 Excluding MOD trading fund agencies.

Table 4: Special bonuses1


Number of staff who received bonus(es)


Value of bonuses paid (£)


1 Excluding MOD trading fund agencies. 2 To end of September 2008.