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Departmental Pay

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 16 September 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 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. (275263)

Performance-related pay is designed to help drive high performance and support better public service delivery. Performance awards reward high performance sustained throughout the year, and are non-pensionable and non-consolidated.

Based on the information available, the number of staff receiving these awards is shown in the following table.

Performance awards SCS1Performance awards: below SCS1

Financial year2

Number of staff receiving

Total value (£)

Number of staff receiving

Total value (£)






1 The annual performance awards are paid on a non-consolidated, non-pensionable basis and do not increase the Department’s pay-bill costs each year. For the SCS, the Senior Salaries Review Body determines the level of expenditure to cover bonuses.

2 Financial year running from 1 April to 31 March.

3 Includes staff who were transferred from BERR to DECC as part of the October 2008 machinery of government changes as these staff received a BERR pay award in 2008.

Performance awards make up 1.8 per cent. of the Department’s pay bill of £127,434,847

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