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Departmental Pay

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been spent by his Department on staff reward and recognition schemes since its inception. (248717)

The Department has a non-pay rewards scheme where staff or teams are given incentives in the form of gifts in recognition of one-off achievement and performance. These do not exceed £50 in value. These gifts can also be given as part of awards ceremonies in recognition of team performance and achievement in the Department. Since the creation of BERR in June 2007, £59,981 has been spent on these.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and what was spent on such bonuses in each of those years. (249850)

The former Department of Trade and Industry (up to June 2007) and the Department for Business, Enterprise, and Regulatory Reform paid non-consolidated non-pensionable performance awards to staff in the senior civil service to reward delivery of business objectives and personal contributions to wider organisational goals. Performance related awards are part of the pay system across the whole senior civil service, and are used to reward high performance sustained throughout the year, based on a judgement of how well an individual has performed relative to their peers.

The performance related pay scheme is designed to help drive high performance and support better public service delivery.

Number of SCS awarded performance bonuses

Total amount (£)







1 7.6 per cent. of the SCS paybill

2 8.6 per cent. of the SCS paybill

The senior salaries review body (SSRB) makes recommendations each year for the amount Departments may allocate to bonuses. In 2007 the median bonus was £6,000; in 2008 the median was £6,250.