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Departmental Manpower

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many layers of management reporting from the most senior to the most junior there are in his Department and each of its agencies; how many officials are employed in each such layer; and how much was spent on salaries and associated employment costs of staff at each such layer in the latest year for which information is available. (312822)

Staff employed by the Ministry of Justice (excluding the National Offender Management Service (NOMS)) below the senior civil service (SCS) and its agencies (Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS) and the Tribunals Service) are employed on the same terms and conditions. They work in job roles aligned to one of seven pay bands/grades—four of which may include management responsibilities. Allocation of a job role to a particular pay band is determined by the level of the level of responsibility and job evaluation. This grading system is comparable with the standard civil service grading system. In levels of descending seniority management grades below the SCS are:

Band A is the highest (typical job roles include qualified solicitors or accountants and senior operational managers)

Band B and C, which are middle management job roles (these may include junior lawyers or accountants, and legal advisors in magistrates courts)

Band D job roles, which are the first level of supervision.

The pay and grading structure for the SCS is managed by the Cabinet Office and is common across all civil service departments.

Details of each level of management responsibility (including SCS), the number of staff in each layer, and the amount spent on staff salaries are contained in the following table.

Management level

Equivalent civil service descriptor

Number of staff

Salary costs (£)

Corporate management board

Permanent Secretary and Director General

10

2,028,371

SCS Payband 2

Director

45

8,911,000

SCS Payband 1

Deputy Director

195

20,332,896

Band A

Grade 6 and Grade 7

1,551

98,375,515

Band B

Senior Executive Officer

2,477

112,987,699

Band C

Higher Executive Officer

1,986

57,845,114

Band D

Executive Officer

4,673

123,435,357

Notes:

1. The information provides details of basic salary but excludes payments of allowances, overtime and non-consolidated performance pay. Employers National Insurance and Pensions Contributions have been averaged at 19 per cent. for Bands A to F and 34 per cent. for SCS.

2. The information provided in the table relates to salary payments to staff working on the Ministry of Justice ‘Deal’ terms and conditions.

3. Details of the Permanent Secretary’s remuneration is available in the MOJ Resource Accounts.

4. Latest salary cost information are for implementation of 2009-10 pay award effective 1 August 2009 with details of staff in post at that time.

Since July 2000, NOMS has operated a common unified pay structure for senior and middle managerial grades within ‘Phase One’ of their pay and grading arrangements. Roles are placed in one of seven paybands ranging from Senior Manager A to Manager G, which is determined by the level of responsibility of the role. Other grades on separate pay scales outside of ‘Phase One’ also provide a managerial function. These include Principal and Senior Prison Officers.

Senior Manager A is the highest management level (typical roles include Governors of high security prisons). Typical middle management roles are placed at Manager E, F or G (roles at these levels include operational or administrative managers). Details of each level of management responsibility, the number of staff in each payband and the total amount spent on staff salaries and associated employment costs for the latest period for which figures are available (1 April 2009 to 31 December 2009) are set out in the following table.

Management level

Equivalent civil service descriptor

Number of staff

Salary costs (£)

Senior Manager A

Grade 6

59

5,124,929

Senior Manager B

Grade 6

144

10,917,688

Senior Manager C

Grade 7

145

10,037,610

Senior Manager D

Grade 7

571

35,856,917

Manager E

SEO

1,336

62,313,486

Manager F

SEO

1,434

56,423,228

Manager G

HEO

921

27,067,627

Managerial grades outside of phase one of pay and grading

No single grade descriptor1

8,022

237,101,414

1 These grades include roles such as senior officer and principal officer.

Note:

Staff in post information is for December 2009.