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Departmental Pay

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2009, Official Report, column 234W, on departmental pay, how many staff in his Department's predecessor departments received both an annual performance bonus and an in-year bonus in 2008-09; what the largest combined bonus payment to an individual was; and who was responsible for awarding such bonuses in each Department. (303364)

BIS was formed through a MOG change that occurred in June. The Department was created by merging the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). In response to the question the answers for each of the former Departments are included in the following table:


Number of people that received both an annual and “in year” performance award

The proportion of staff that received both an annual and “in year” performance award (percentage)

The largest total amount awarded to an individual staff member that received both an annual and “in year” performance award (£)









Who is responsible for awarding bonuses?

Annual Awards

Within both former Departments annual performance awards are given to staff that receive an annual performance rating of “Highly Successful”. The performance ratings are given through an appraisal process that takes place between the staff member and their line manager through the course of the year.

In year performance awards

In year performance awards are in place to reward exceptional performance over a short period of time that might not be fully reflected in a staff appraisal report and annual pay awards. The following applies within the former Departments.


The Director General has the final responsibility for authorising any special awards within their group.


The process for making “in year” awards is managed at group level with staff being assessed by panels consisting of staff from all grades against criteria set out in the DIUS values.