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Departmental Pay

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at her Department and its agencies in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and how much was spent on such bonuses in each of those years. (249864)

Bonuses to senior staff in the Home Office are awarded each year according to criteria set by the Government, following the recommendations from the independent Senior Salaries Review Body. In 2006-07 and 2007-08, the Review Body recommended bonuses should be paid to between 60 and 75 per cent. of senior staff according to performance, with a bonus “pot” of 7.6 per cent. in 2006-07 and 8.6 per cent. in 2007-08. These recommendations were accepted by the Government.

In line with these recommendations, the Home Office awarded bonuses to 158 senior staff in 2006-07 (70 per cent. of the total) and 128 staff in 2007-08 (74 per cent. of a smaller total, reflecting the transfer of staff to the Ministry of Justice). Bonuses were mainly in the range £3,000 to £10,000 in 2006-07 and £6,000 to £17,000 in 2007-08, with a small number of higher bonuses paid to a handful of exceptional performers.