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Departmental Incentives

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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. (290604)

HM Treasury offers a wide range of benefits to all of its employees. A summary of these is published on its recruitment website:

Performance related pay increases and non-consolidated performance awards for all eligible staff are linked to the annual performance appraisal system. All staff below the Senior Civil Service are assessed against their peers in relation to the Treasury competency framework and the achievement of their performance objectives. Awards are paid in recognition of excellent performance throughout the appraisal year. Reward arrangements for staff in the Senior Civil Service are based on recommendations by the independent Senior Salaries Review Body.

HM Treasury also pays non-consolidated special performance awards to recognise exceptional performance for specific contributions or pieces of work during the year, or for situations outside the normal expectations of a post.

The following table gives details of the amounts paid and number of recipients of non-consolidated performance awards paid in 2008-09. For details of previous years, I refer the hon. Lady to the answer my predecessor gave to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 164W.

HM Treasury non-consolidated performance pay awards paid in 2008-09

No of staff1

Amount paid (£000)2

Performance awards3



Special performance awards4



1 Non-consolidated awards were paid in 2008-09 in respect of staff performance in the 2007-08 performance appraisal year.

2 Special performance awards are paid at various times during the year, and may relate to specific contributions or pieces of work completed in the previous year.

3 The number of staff receiving bonuses includes individuals who received more than one bonus in the period.

4 The amounts paid by HM Treasury excludes amounts recovered from external organisations to which staff were seconded at the time of payment.