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Departmental Pay

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses have been paid to officials in his Department in each of the last three years; and what expenditure his Department has incurred on such bonuses in each year. (301302)

The wages/salary bill for 2006-07 was £132.4 million of which non-consolidated performance payments represented 1.7 per cent. All employees are eligible for non-consolidated performance payments, subject to strict criteria in line with the Government’s policy on public sector pay. Senior civil service non-consolidated payments are determined as part of a central performance management framework managed by the Cabinet Office. Payments for other grades are subject to the pay remit process and reflect previous pay settlements. Non-consolidated performance payments have to be re-earned each year and do not add to future pay bill costs (e.g. pensions) and are an integral element of the reward package for staff.

The information for 2006/07 refers to the former Department for Education and Skills.

Number of non-consolidated payments

Expenditure (£ million)

2006-07

1,235

1.9

The wages/salary bill for 2007-08 was £111.9 million of which non-consolidated performance payments represented 1.9 per cent.

Number of non-consolidated payments

Expenditure (£ million)

2007-08

1,669

2.1

The wages/salary bill for 2008-09 was £111.8 million of which non-consolidated performance payments represented 1.9 per cent.

Number of non-consolidated payments

Expenditure (£ million)

2008-09

1,403

1.9