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Departmental Pay

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09. (252247)

The Department total paybill for 2008-09 is forecast to be £140 million of which 1.3 per cent. has been used for non-consolidated performance payments to staff. The median payment made was £536.

All non-consolidated performance payments are funded within existing pay bill controls, have to be re-earned each year against pre-determined targets and, as such, do not add to future pay bill costs. The purpose of such payments is to ensure that those staff making the greatest contribution to the work of the Department are suitably rewarded.

For grades below the Senior Civil Service, 2008-09 is the first year that non-consolidated performance payments have been made. 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.