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Departmental Pay

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) his 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. (275250)

The information requested is as follows.

Staff on core Ministry of Justice terms and conditions (including HMCS, Tribunals Service and MoJ HQ)

Payments of non-consolidated performance pay are paid to high performing staff to reflect their individual contribution during the previous performance year. In the Ministry of Justice, the performance year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Therefore, 2007-08 was the relevant performance year for the payments made during the financial year 2008-09

For grades below the SCS, non-consolidated performance pay is paid to those staff who have been judged to have consistently exceeded their objectives throughout the performance year under the Ministry's performance management system.

During 2008-09 1,676 staff were paid £2,011,200 in non-consolidated performance pay.

Staff employed in the NOMS Agency (including Public Sector Prisons)

In the HMPS, the performance year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Therefore, 2007-08 was the relevant performance year for the payments made during the financial year 2008-09

For grades below the SCS end of year end performance bonuses are paid to staff who have consistently exceeded their objectives throughout the performance year.

During 2008-09 5,332 staff were paid £1,325,952 in non-consolidated performance pay.

We are unable to ascertain performance payments made for Probation HQ staff who now fall within NOMS (but were within the Home Office during the reporting period) as figures for this group were not separated from the Home Office total.

Senior Civil Service

For Senior Civil Servants in the Ministry of Justice and agencies (whose pay terms are set by the Ministry of Justice) end of year payments of non consolidated performance pay are allocated by the Departmental Pay Committee in accordance with guidelines issued by Cabinet Office each year following the Senior Salaries Review Body recommendations.

During 2008-09, 159 members of the Senior Civil Service were awarded end of year performance pay. The amount paid was £1,648,000.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in 2008-09; and what the total cost of such bonuses was; (279228)

(2) how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in 2008-09; and what the cost was of such bonuses.

In year payments of non-consolidated performance pay may be made to recognise one off contributions made by individuals or teams. Information regarding the number and cost of bonus payments is set out as follows.

Staff on core Ministry of Justice terms and conditions (Including HMCS, Tribunals Service, and MoJ HQ)

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

‘End of year’ payments of non-consolidated performance pay are made as part of the annual pay award to staff to staff who have performed at a level beyond that which would normally be expected throughout the performance year.

1,676 staff received non-consolidated performance pay during 2008-09 and the amount paid was £2,011,200 (excluding employer’s national insurance contributions). This represented approximately 0.4 per cent. of the overall paybill.

‘In year’ payments of non-consolidated performance pay are ‘one off’ payments made to recognise outstanding individual performance on specific occasions during the year.

4,094 staff were awarded ‘in year’ non-consolidated performance pay for the 2008-09 financial year and the amount paid was £2,105,719 representing 0.4 per cent. of the paybill.

The NOMS Agency

Payment of non-consolidated performance pay to staff below the SCS may be either ‘end of year’ payments or ‘in year’. End of year performance pay is paid to staff who have consistently exceeded their objectives throughout the performance year.

In HMPS, the performance year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Therefore, 2007-08 was the relevant performance year for end of year payments made during the financial year 2008-09.

During 2008-09, 5,332 HMPS staff below SCS were paid £1,325,952 in ‘end of year’ non-consolidated performance pay (excluding employer’s national insurance contributions). This represented 0.3 per cent. of the relevant paybill.

We are unable to ascertain performance payments made for Probation HQ staff who now fall within NOMS (but were within the Home Office during the reporting period).

6,198 HMPS staff received ‘in-year’ non-consolidated performance pay, amounting to £2,855,812. (Excluding employer’s national insurance contributions). This represented approximately 0.22 per cent. of the paybill.

Six payments of ‘in-year’ non-consolidated performance pay were made to chief executives of the Probation Trusts. The amount paid was £26,477. (excluding employer’s national insurance contributions).

The Senior Civil Service

For senior civil servants in the Ministry of Justice and agencies including the NOMS Agency whose pay terms are set by the Ministry of Justice end of year payments of non-consolidated performance pay are allocated by the Departmental Pay Committee in accordance with guidelines issued by Cabinet Office each year following the Senior Salaries Review Body recommendations.

During 2008-09, 159 members of the senior civil service were awarded ‘end of year’ performance pay. The amount paid was £1,648,000. (excluding employer’s national insurance contributions). This represents 8.4 per cent. of the overall paybill for these staff.

As described above, we will have comprehensive details of ‘in year’ payments of non-consolidated performance pay for the 2008-09 financial year in early June and will write to you with these details.