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Departmental Pay

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent in bonuses to staff of each grade in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008. (258230)

Performance related pay schemes encourage high attainment, help drive performance in departments and agencies and support better public service delivery. DEFRA’s uses non-consolidated payments to reward high performance during the year and these are based on how well an individual has met or exceeded set objectives, relative to their peers.

Non-consolidated performance payments are one-off payments and do not count towards pension. They are allocated from a ‘pot' expressed as a percentage of the salary budget each year. Non-consolidated performance payments paid from the 2007 pay budget relate to performance in the, 2006-07 appraisal year and those paid from 2008 pay budget relate to performance in the 2007-08 appraisal year.

For the senior civil service (SCS) the size of the pot available is agreed centrally each year following recommendations from the senior salaries review body. In recent years, this pot has increased as greater emphasis is placed on non-consolidated performance pay with proportionately smaller increases to consolidated base pay.

The size of the pot for non-SCS is determined individually by Departments and Agencies through the pay remit process and in negotiations with the Trades Unions. DEFRA’s pay remit level approved over the past two years has been below the average of those approved across Whitehall departments.

The following tables show the total amount of non-consolidated performance payments awarded to staff in each grade in 2007 and 2008. For DEFRA, the data cover staff in core-DEFRA (including staff who transferred to DECC in October 2008) and those agencies covered by DEFRA terms and conditions (Animal Health, Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Marine and Fisheries Agency and Government Decontamination Service and until 1 April 2008 Pesticides Safety Directorate).

2007

£

Grade equivalent

DEFRA

VLA

RPA

CSL

CEFAS

AA

26,912

3,196

700

2,063

3,887

AO

162,911

6,119

134,305

25,944

87,337

EO

228,800

10,712

142,949

33,609

95,341

HEO

451,455

6,216

66,217

51,112

139,554

Fast Stream

36,862

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

SEO

309,306

8,155

27,628

49,005

139,211

Vet. Officer

96,534

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

G7

529,639

7,910

13,141

53,091

95,165

G6

208,736

3,048

4,400

22,290

58,249

SCS PB1 plus chief execs

896,822

43,140

47,673

39,191

11,000

SCS PB2

275,702

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

SCS PB3

50,500

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2008

£

Grade Equivalent

DEFRA

VLA

RPA

CSL

CEFAS

AA

22,773

1,643

800

£2,129

£3,251

AO

143,857

1,996

165,704

£25,552

£94,509

EO

186,459

7,280

165,590

£29,127

£113,017

HEO

343,955

5,913

80,117

£53,359

£174,100

Fast Stream

39,624

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

SEO

207,280

8,916

£36,953

£58,728

£167,559

Vet Officer

93,163

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

G7

450,138

8,404

£18,335

£55,996

£128,147

G6

238,399

2,509

£4,800

£28,436

£61,175

SCS PB1 plus chief execs

922,590

42,184

£51,371

£33,391

£31,989

SCS PB2

311,600

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

SCS PB3

77,000

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a