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Departmental Pay

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses were paid to officials in her Department in each of the last three years; and how much was paid in each year. (302781)

There are two pay-related employee reward schemes operating in the Department for Work and Pensions. They comprise end of year non-consolidated performance pay and in-year special awards.

End of year non-consolidated performance pay

DWP employees below the senior civil service are eligible for an annual individual non-consolidated performance payment if they attain a “top”, “higher” or “majority” rating under the annual performance and development system. The actual payment awarded is determined by the employee's pay band and the performance level achieved.

For the senior civil service, end of year non-consolidated performance pay is determined by the relevant departmental Pay Committee, in line with recommendations by the independent Senior Salaries Review Body.

The total payments made in respect of the last three financial years were as follows. (Figures for 2009-10 already include all non-consolidated performance payments to be made in the current year.)

Financial year

Total number of recipients

Total paid (£ million)

Average payment (£)

2007-08

111,943

36.61

327.04

2008-09

107,726

23.32

216.48

2009-10

109,334

21.81

199.48

Special awards

Individuals may be awarded a special award either as cash or retail vouchers. These are one-off recognition awards, payable at any time during the performance year, to recognise exceptional achievements beyond what would normally be expected.

The total number of awards made was as follows (a small number of individuals may have received more than one cash or voucher payment during the year):

Cash payments

Financial year

Total number of recipients

Total paid (£ million)

Average payment (£)

2007-08

11,250

2.70

240

2008-09

14,612

3.04

208

2009-101

5,079

0.91

179

1April 2009 to August 2009.

Voucher payments

Financial year

Total number of vouchers issued

Total cost (£ million)

Value

2007-08

31,237

1.77

Between £25 and £50

2008-09

47,121

2.02

Between £25 and £50

2009-101

17,918

0.95

Between £25 and £50

1April 2009 to August 2009.

Regrettably an error has been identified in the reply that I gave to question 290416 from the hon. Member for Putney (Justine Greening) on 12 October 2009, Official Report, columns 56-58W. The reply said the number of vouchers issued in 2008-09 was 28,869 and the cost was £1.03 million, whereas the correct information is 47,121 vouchers issued at a cost of £2.02 million. I have written to the hon. Member for Putney to apologise for this inadvertent error.