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Departmental Pay

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent by his Department on staff reward and recognition schemes in each of the last three years. (248707)

Reward and recognition schemes within the Ministry of Justice are partly implemented through the payment of ‘special’ or ‘small’ bonuses to staff. These bonuses are paid in the form of an ‘in year’ bonus, paid to recognise exceptional achievements during the performance year. Reward and recognition is also implemented through the organisation of team awards and events, loyalty awards and locally purchased gifts or vouchers.

The figures are presented separately for staff previously on former DCA terms and conditions and by staff in the public sector Prison Service (NOMS). The figures for staff previously on former DCA terms and conditions prior to 2007-08, exclude payments to former magistrates courts staff. They also exclude staff in the Tribunals Service who joined former DCA on 1 April 2006 from other Government Departments about whom information is not available prior to 2007. The figures do not include any ‘year-end’ bonuses as these are paid separately to the reward and recognition budget.

The senior civil service (SCS) are also not included in these figures as they receive bonuses at ‘year-end’ and these are not paid through the reward and recognition budget.

Reward and recognition payments (excluding ‘year end’ bonuses) awarded during the past three years to staff previously on former DCA terms and conditions (not SCS)

Awarded in financial year

Total amount awarded (£)

2005-06

487,753

2006-07

894,169

2007-08

12,348,520

1 Reflects increased staff complement through the inclusion of staff on former MCS terms and conditions and those who joined former DCA from the Tribunals Service.

Reward and recognition payments (excluding ‘year end’ bonuses) awarded during the past three years to staff previously in the public sector Prison Service (NOMS)

Awarded in financial year

Total amount awarded (£)

2005-06

817,302

2006-07

1,681,914

2007-08

2,665,212

The payment of these ‘in-year’ bonuses, which are non-consolidated and non-pensionable, recognises exceptional commitment and performance by individuals as part of the Department’s reward strategy. The other elements of the reward and recognition scheme (such as trips, team events and loyalty awards) also serve this function. Such payments are a cost-effective means of encouraging and rewarding exceptional performance.