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Departmental Pay

Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff employed in London on work contracted out by her Department earn less than £7.45 per hour. (275177)

[holding answer 13 May 2009]: We do not hold the information requested. The pay received by temporary staff and other contractors engaged in London and elsewhere through supply agencies is a matter between the suppliers and their employees, subject to employment laws.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) her Department and (b) its agencies paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (i) all staff and (ii) senior Civil Service staff in 2008-09; and how many such payments were made. (275253)

In the Home Office HQ and the UK Border Agency, non-consolidated performance related payments are awarded to individuals at Grade 6 and below who have made an exceptional contribution throughout the year. Under the current arrangements up to 35 per cent. of staff in these grades may receive a non-consolidated performance related payment. The total amount paid to staff in 2008-09 was £3,486,925 and the number of payments made was 6,036 (relating to staff performance for the year 2007-08). The total pay bill was c.£750 million, of which 0.5 per cent. was used for non-consolidated performance payments to staff.

Staff in the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) can receive end of year corporate non-consolidated performance related payments and change agent payments (for Grade 6 and 7’s only). The total amount paid to staff in 2008-09 was £1,537,113 and the number of payments made was 4,054 (relating to staff performance for the year 2007-08). The total pay bill was £103,690,330 of which 1.48 per cent. was used for non-consolidated performance payments.

Staff in the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) do not receive end of year performance related payments.

The criteria for awarding senior civil servants with end of year non-consolidated performance payments are set by the Prime Minister following independent advice from the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB). The level of these payments takes into account a number of factors including individual performance against agreed priority business objectives and targets. The total amount paid to SCS staff in the Home Office and its Agencies in 2008-09 was £1,264,000 and the number of payments made was 128 (relating to staff performance for the year 2007-08). The total pay bill was £14,330,946 of which 8.6 per cent. was used for non-consolidated performance payments. The Government have responded to current economic conditions by freezing the size of the SCS non-consolidated pot (for 2008-09).

All such non-consolidated performance related payments in the Home Office and its agencies are funded within existing pay bill controls, have to be re-earned each year against pre-determined performance standards and targets and, as such, do not add to future pay bill costs.