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Departmental Pay

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid in bonuses to staff in his Department in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the largest single payment was. (226855)

The amount paid in bonuses to staff in the last year was £2,423,701. The largest single payment was £27,500.

Special bonuses can be awarded to any member of staff in recognition of work beyond their normal range of duties. Annual bonuses are paid to staff who are members of the senior civil service (SCS), based on the extent to which objectives are met, how they are met and how stretching they are. The figures provided here cover special bonuses for the year from 1 October 2007 to 30 September 2008, and annual SCS bonuses awarded in 2008. The largest single payment was an annual SCS bonus.