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Departmental Pay

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09. (252252)

‘Year end’ non-consolidated performance payments are paid to high performing members of the senior civil service (SCS) to reflect their individual contribution during the previous performance year. In the 2008-09 financial year £1,648,000 was paid to SCS staff.

Within the Ministry of Justice there are different methods of reward for former DCA staff and staff in the National Offender Management Service (NOMS).

Payment of non-consolidated pay to former DCA staff below the SCS level may be either ‘year end’ or ‘in year’ performance payments. ‘Year end’ performance payments are paid only to staff who achieve the highest possible performance marking for the previous reporting year, which runs from 1 April to 31 March. The amount of ‘year end’ payments made in August 2008 to staff in the former DCA was £2,011,200.

‘In year’ payments are made, at local management discretion, to staff whose performance is exceptional as part of the Department’s recognition and reward policy.

For the former DCA, the amount allocated for the period 1 August 2007 to 31 July 2008 was 0.4 per cent. of the 2007-08 paybill of £575,514.

The amount allocated for the period 1 August 2008 to 31 July 2009 is 0.5 per cent. of the 2008- 09 paybill of £597,641.

NOMS operate a performance management system which provides for ‘year end’ performance payments and recognises outstanding performance with ‘in year’ payments. It is not possible to give a figure for the total paid in performance payments for the current financial year i.e. 2008-09. However, such payments cannot exceed 0.5 per cent. of the paybill in any unit.

Performance payments are funded within existing paybill controls, have to be re-earned each year against pre-determined targets, and, as such, do not add to future paybill costs.

Performance payments, which are non-consolidated and non-pensionable, are paid to high performing individuals as part of the Department’s reward strategy. Such payments are a cost-effective means of encouraging and rewarding high performance and drives continuous improvement throughout the organisation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many bonus payments were made to (a) senior civil servants and (b) other staff working in (i) HM Courts Service, (ii) HM Prison Service, (iii) the National Offender Management Service and (iv) the Youth Justice Board in 2007-08; and how much was paid in such bonuses to people in each category. (254131)

The information requested is set out as follows:

HM Courts Service

Across the MoJ, end year non-consolidated performance payments are paid to high performing members of the senior civil service (SCS) to reflect their individual contribution during the previous reporting year. During 2007-08, 54 members of the SCS were paid non-consolidated performance pay amounting to £383,000, in respect of performance during the 2006-07 reporting year.

Payments of non-consolidated performance pay to staff below the SCS may be either ‘end of year’ payments or ‘in year’ payments.

‘End of year’ payments of non-consolidated performance pay are made as part of the annual pay award to staff who have performed beyond expectations throughout the performance year. In HM Courts Service 1,667 staff received end of year non-consolidated performance pay during the 2007-08 financial year for performance in the 2006-07 reporting year. The amount paid was £666,800. This was paid in October 2007 at the time of the implementation of the 2007 pay award for all staff.

‘In year’ payments of non-consolidated performance pay are one-off payments to staff who have made an exceptional contribution on specific occasions. It is not possible to provide details of payments made to staff in HMCS separate from those working in other parts of the Ministry of Justice, other than at a disproportionate cost.

During the financial year 2007-08 5,327 staff in Ministry of Justice (including HMCS) received ‘in year’ non-consolidated performance pay totalling £2,665,212.

HM Prison Service

During 2007-08, 25 members of the SCS were paid non-consolidated performance pay amounting to £231,000.

Payments of non-consolidated performance pay to staff below the senior civil service may be either ‘end of year’ or ‘in year’ payments of non-consolidated performance pay.

‘End of year’ non-consolidated performance payments are made as part of the annual pay award to staff who have performed at a level beyond expectations throughout the performance year. In HM Prison Service 4,816 staff received an end of year payment of non-consolidated performance pay in the 2007-08 financial year, totalling £1,096,766.

‘In year’ non-consolidated performance payments are one-off payments to staff who have made an exceptional contribution on specific occasions. During the financial year 2007-08, 3,888 staff in HMPS received ‘in year’ payments totalling £1,333,039.

There were no payments of non-consolidated performance pay to any member of staff employed by local probation boards or trusts during the financial year 2007-08.

National Offender Management Service

The National Offender Management Service was established as an agency on 1 April 2008. The NOMS Agency consists of the HM Prison Service and the national probation service. The information contained in (ii) covers both of these parts of the NOMS Agency.

Youth Justice Board

During the financial year 2007-08, one member of the SCS was awarded non-consolidated performance pay of £15.000.

In grades below the SCS, 43 staff were awarded non-consolidated performance pay ‘in year’ totalling £23,350. There were 21 ‘end of year’ awards of non-consolidated performance pay to staff in relation to annual performance marking. These payments amounted to £18,090.