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Departmental Pay

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses have been paid to officials in his Department since it was established; and what expenditure his Department has incurred on such bonuses. (301301)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was created in October 2008. An element of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's overall pay award is allocated to non-consolidated variable pay related to performance. These payments are used to drive high performance and form part of the pay award for members of staff who demonstrate exceptional performance, for example by exceeding targets set or meeting challenging objectives.

Non-consolidated variable pay awards are funded from within existing pay bill controls, and have to be re-earned each year against pre-determined targets and, as such, do not add to future pay bill costs. The percentage of the pay bill set aside for performance-related awards is based on recommendations from the independent senior salaries review body.

Number of staff

Total number of in year awards

Value of non- consolidated performance payments from October 2008 to end March 2009 (£)

Wages and salaries for the year 2008-09 (£)

Non-consolidated performance payments as percentage of wages and salaries

2008-09

768

172

81,055

37,998,000

0.21

These figures do not include DECC end of year non- consolidated performance payments as they were awarded after March 2009.