The criterion in respect of bonus payments to employees of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is that staff up to and including grade 6 are eligible for an “exceeded” bonus if they achieve an “exceeded” assessment in the annual reporting round. The Treasury approves RPA's yearly pay remit and “exceeded” bonuses are then paid as part of the subsequent annual pay award.
Bonus awards for senior civil servants (SCS) in the Defra family, including RPA, are deliberated upon by the Defra SCS pay committee. The precise funding available to departments is decided by the Government taking into account recommendations by the independent Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB), based upon economic evidence and movements in the private and wider public sector markets for senior executives. Following the Government's decision in response to the SSRB findings, the Cabinet Office sets out the framework within which departments may make pay and bonus awards to SCS staff. Departments may exercise discretion in the detailed application of pay awards, within the framework.