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Departmental Pay

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what bonuses were paid by her Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes. (240794)

In Home Office Headquarters and the UK Border Agency staff in all grades are eligible in certain circumstances to receive two kinds of bonus: special bonuses (of up to 5 per cent. of salary but not exceeding £1,947) and end-of-year appraisal bonuses (of up to 4 per cent. of their pay scale’s target rate). Special bonuses may be awarded at any time of the year for outstanding achievements by staff, including members of the senior civil service (SCS), in particularly demanding tasks or situations.

End-of-year appraisal bonuses are made to individuals in grades below the SCS who have made an exceptional contribution throughout the year. Members of the SCS can be awarded performance bonuses as set out in the Senior Salaries Review Body report number 62.

Staff in the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) receive end-of-year corporate Bonuses (up to £400), Change Agent bonuses (grades 6 and 7 only, up to 4 per cent. of salary) and special bonuses (upper limit normally £500).

Staff in the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) do not receive end-of-year bonuses, but can receive special bonuses (up to 5 per cent. of their grade's salary scale). For reasons of confidentiality, we are unable to release the names of individuals who received bonuses. Tables 1 and 2 give details of the distribution by grade of special bonuses and end-of-year appraisal bonuses respectively.

Table 1: Special bonus 2007-08

Number/£

Total paid out (£)

2,680,642

Number of payments made

4,577

Grade

As percentage of payments

AA and Equivalents

6

AO and Equivalents

20

EO and Equivalents

27

HEO and Equivalents

11

SEO and Equivalents

20

G7

6

G6

3

SCS

4

Support and secretarial

3

Table 2: End-of-year appraisal bonus 2007-08

Number/£

Total paid out (£)

5,735,416

Number of payments made

9,331

Grade

As percentage of payments

AA and Equivalents

3

AO and Equivalents

14

EO and Equivalents

34.50

HEO and Equivalents

20

SEO and Equivalents

14

G7

8

G6

4

SCS

0.50

Support and secretarial

2