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Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 25 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether bonuses paid to officials in the Northern Ireland Office are based on the volume of work undertaken or the quality of that work; and, if the latter, how that is calculated and monitored. [HL6302]

The Northern Ireland Office operates three bonus schemes, details of which were set out in my Answer given on 5 November 2008, Official Report, column WA 69.

In allocating special bonuses, consideration is given to the quality and quantity of work, as well as the circumstances of particular achievements.

For staff at grades D2 to A, individual bonus recommendations are made by line managers, who assess staff against the following criteria: performance against objectives across the reporting year; how the objectives were achieved (the behaviours and attributes displayed); and the circumstances of the achievement.

Bonuses for senior Civil Service staff are awarded in accordance with Cabinet Office guidance.