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Departmental Pay

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 563W, on departmental pay, how many and what proportion of staff of his Department received both an annual performance bonus and an in-year bonus in 2008-09; what the largest combined bonus payment to an individual was; what proportion of staff received no bonus; and who was responsible for awarding such bonuses. (313131)

Non-consolidated awards are paid in two circumstances. First, performance awards are those linked to the annual staff appraisal system. Directorates are responsible for setting up performance review teams to award non-consolidated awards as part of the appraisal process.

Secondly, special bonuses are those paid to recognise exceptional performance for specific contributions or pieces of work during the year or situations outside the normal expectations of the post. Directorates are also responsible for the award of special bonus awards.

In 2008-09, 15 per cent. of full-time equivalent staff in post (191 individuals) were paid both a performance award and a special bonus, with the largest combined bonus payment to an individual being £14,000, with 39 per cent. of staff in post receiving neither a performance award nor a special bonus.

The permanent secretary is responsible for awarding bonuses, with the exception of his own, which is the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary.