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Departmental Pay

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what bonuses were paid by his Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes. (240791)

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.

Special bonusPerformance awards

Financial year1

Number of staff receiving

Total value (£)

Number of staff receiving

Total value (£)

2007-082

1,238

693,386

1,065

32,265,502

1 Financial year running from 1 April to 31 March.

2 In 2007-08, the total value of bonuses paid was approximately 1.5 per cent. of the total Department’s paybill.

3 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.