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Departmental Pay

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost. (226411)

The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform awards non-consolidated bonuses in two formats:

1. Special bonuses to recognise performance in particularly demanding tasks or situations. Staff in receipt of a special bonus may also receive an annual performance award.

2. Annual performance awards paid to highly successful performers as part of the annual pay award.

Based on the information available, the number of staff receiving these awards and total amount of bonuses for which this information can be provided is in the following table.

Financial year1Special bonusPerformance awards

Number of staff receiving

Total value (£)

Number of staff receiving

Total value (£)

2008-09

2

2

1,033

32,240,592

2007-084

1,238

693,386

1,065

52,265,502

1 Financial year running from 1 April to 31 March. 2 2008-09 special bonus figures are not yet available. 3 Includes staff who were transferred from BERR to DECC as part of the October 2008 Machinery of Government changes as these staff received a BERR pay award in 2008. 4 In 2007-8 the total value of bonuses paid was approximately 1.5 per cent of the total Department's paybill. 5 Includes staff who were transferred from DTI to DIUS as part of the June 2007 Machinery of Government Changes as these staff received a DTI/BERR pay award in 2007. Does not include those staff transferred into BERR from Cabinet Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of the June 2007 Machinery of Government Changes as these staff received Cabinet Office and DCLG pay awards respectively in 2007. Note: The special bonuses and performance awards for non-SCS staff are paid on a non-consolidated, non-pensionable basis and do not increase the Department's paybill costs each year. For the SCS the Senior Salaries Review Body determines the level of expenditure to cover bonuses.