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Departmental Pay

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at her Department and its agencies in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and what was spent on such bonuses in each of those years. (249855)

The numbers of bonuses paid to all senior civil service staff and the cost of these in 2008 and 2007 are given in the following table:

Senior civil servants (SCS)

Number of bonuses

Cost of bonuses (£)

2008

111

856,932

2007

104

686,000

The bonuses are non-consolidated, non-pensionable cash payments that reward excellent performance during the year, based on a judgment of how well an individual has performed relative to their peers. Senior civil service staff members are assessed against a range of factors, such as:

The achievement of their prime objective which focuses on the way in which they lead, manage and develop their staff;

Degree to which business objectives are met;

Delivery for Ministers;

Demonstration of skills such as judgment, leadership and the PSG skills;

Effective resource management

Details of bonuses paid in the Department’s agencies are not held centrally.