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Departmental Pay

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what employee reward schemes are offered to staff of his Department; what the purpose of each scheme is; how many staff participate in each scheme; and what the cost of operating each scheme was in each of the last five years. (290576)

In Home Office HQ and the United Kingdom Border Agency there are two reward schemes: a one-off non-consolidated special payment scheme and a “thank you” voucher scheme. The purpose of the one-off non-consolidated special payment scheme is to reward outstanding achievement by staff in particularly demanding tasks or situations. In the financial year 2007-08 3,702 staff received a payment under this scheme at a total cost of £2,564,759; in 2008-09 2,863 staff received a payment under this scheme at a total cost of £1,161,720.

Accurate data prior to the financial year 2007-08 are unavailable and could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

The “thank you” voucher scheme was launched in September 2008. Its purpose is to reward outstanding achievement. Staff can be awarded vouchers to the value of either £25 or £50 to spend in high street stores. Since its launch, 1,635 staff have received vouchers under this scheme at a total cost of £71,728.

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) operates three employee reward schemes: the corporate one-off non-consolidated payment scheme; the grade 6/7 one-off non-consolidated payment scheme, and the one-off non-consolidated special payment scheme. In all cases, data are available only for the past two financial years. Data for previous years could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

The IPS corporate one-off non-consolidated payment scheme is available to all staff in grades below the senior civil service. The payment, which is limited to a maximum of £450 per person, is designed to reward successful delivery of key organisational aims. In 2007-08 3,930 staff received a payment under this scheme at a total cost of £1,309,828; in 2008-09 4,401 staff received a payment under this scheme at a total cost of £1,665,760.

The purpose of the IPS grade 6/7 one-off non-consolidated payment scheme is to reward excellent achievement in management and leadership. In 2007-08 122 staff received a payment under this scheme at a total cost of £140, 673; in 2008-09 130 staff received a payment under this scheme at a total cost of £328,500.

The IPS one-off non-consolidated special payment scheme is open to all staff in grades below the senior civil service. Its purpose is to reward individuals or teams for exceptional performance in particularly demanding tasks or situations. In 2007-08 862 staff received a payment under this scheme at a total cost of £94,523; in 2008-09 640 staff received a payment under this scheme at a total cost of £65,410.

The Criminal Records Bureau operates a one-off non-consolidated special payment scheme to reward exceptional individual performance. In 2007-08 13 staff received a payment under this scheme at a total cost of £21,360; in 2008-09 36 staff received a payment under this scheme at a total cost of £9,275.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of his Department’s officials received bonuses in each year since 1997; and how much was paid in total in bonuses in each of those years. (291628)

The Home Office (including the UK Border Agency), as part of its annual pay arrangements, pays non-consolidated performance-related bonuses up to 35 per cent. of its staff. There are rewards for exceptional contribution throughout the year. There are separate arrangements for the Department’s senior staff, which are set by the Prime Minister for the whole senior civil service, following independent advice from the Senior Salaries Review Body.

In the years for which data are available the following bonuses were paid (with the total costs in brackets):

Number

Total costs (£ million)

2005-06

4,785

(4.28)

2006-07

5,097

(4.45)

2007-08

5,647

(4.48)

2008-09

6,164

(4.75)

It is also possible to give one-off special payments to members of staff in year to reward exceptional achievements on a project or programme. 2,863 staff received such a payment in 2008-09 at a cost of £1.16 million; the equivalent figures for 2007-08 were 3,702 (£2.56 million).

We cannot provide information for previous years except at disproportionate cost.