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Departmental Pay

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09. (252253)

The total paybill for staff below the Senior Civil Service (excluding Trading Funds) covered by the main pay awards is £l,827 billion of which up to 2.7 per cent. is for non-consolidated performance awards to staff. The median payment is £775.

The total paybill for permanent members of the Senior Civil Service (SCS) is £18.4 million of which 8.6 per cent. is for non-consolidated performance awards. The median payment is £8,000. This does not include fixed term employees at SCS level.

Non consolidated performance awards are designed to reward those deemed to have made the greatest contribution through specific in-year achievements such as the delivery of a major project, to departmental objectives or defence business more widely and overall costs must be contained within a set percentage of the pay bill. For the Senior Civil Service the size of the non-consolidated performance pay pot is based on recommendations by the independent Senior Salaries Review Body.