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Departmental Pay

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and how much was spent on such bonuses in each of those years. (249849)

The information is as follows:

End of year performance bonuses

Senior civil service individual performance bonuses reward the delivery of in-year personal and business objectives or targets.

For the senior civil service end-of-year bonuses are determined on an individual basis by the relevant DWP SCS pay committee. The number of bonuses awarded to senior civil servants in DWP and its agencies and totals paid in 2007 and 2008 are shown in the following table:

DWP and its agencies

Number of bonuses awarded to senior civil servants

Total paid (£million)








1. Some individuals may have received more than one type of bonus payment in the year.

2. The total amount paid includes employers national insurance contribution (ERNIC).

Special bonus and voucher payments

Individuals may also be entitled to special bonus payments either as cash or vouchers. These are one-off recognition awards, payable at any time during the performance year and are not linked to the annual pay award. Information on special bonus and voucher payments is not collated separately for the senior civil service and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.