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Civil Service: Performance Pay

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 31 March (cols. WS 83–84), what was the estimated size of the Home Office's non-consolidated performance-related pay pot for the Senior Civil Service in each of the last five years for which information is available. [HL2902]

Pay arrangements for the Senior Civil Service are based on recommendations by the independent Senior Salaries Review Body.

The size of the pot as a proportion of the pay bill in each year since 2005 is shown in the attached table.

Table showing Bonus Pot for each of the last five years

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

5.0%

6.5%

7.6%

8.6%

8.6%

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) what the total monetary value of Senior Civil Service non-consolidated performance pay awards was in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (b) how many and what proportion of the Senior Civil Service staff in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office received performance pay awards by SCS pay band, and (c) how those awards were distributed by pay band and award category, for each of the past five years for which data are available. [HL3363]

Non-consolidated performance related pay arrangements for staff in the Senior Civil Service/Senior Management Structure in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) follow a framework set centrally for Whitehall departments and based on the Government's response to the annual recommendations of the Senior Salaries Review Body.

The total monetary value of non-consolidated, non-pensionable performance-related variable pay awards for SMS staff in the FCO in each year was:

2008: £2,435,100 for performance in 2007-08.

2007: £2,201,790 for performance in 2006-07.

2006: £2,086,636 for performance in 2005-06.

2005: £1,509,410 for performance in 2004-05.

The number and proportion of eligible staff who received non-consolidated performance payments in each year was:

2008: 288 (75 per cent)

2007: 348 (83 per cent)

2006: 336 (78 per cent)

2005: 375 (83 per cent)

Individual awards were distributed in the following ranges:

2008

Pay band 1: £0 - £11,500.

Pay band 2: £0 - £14,000.

Pay band 3: £0 - £17,000.

2007

Pay band 1: £0 - £11,000.

Pay band 2: £0 - £14,000.

Pay band 3: £0 - £16,000.

2006

Pay band 1: £0 - £9,000.

Pay band 2: £0 - £10,000.

Pay band 3: £0 - £14,000.

2005

Pay band 1: £0 - £6,000.

Pay band 2: £0 - £7,000.

Pay band 3: £0 - £13,000.

Breaking these bonus payments down further by category and pay band would involve disproportionate cost.

We do not hold records in our central database of payments before 2005.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Norwood Green on 21 April (WA 384) concerning the amount of funding for Senior Civil Servants' performance-related pay, what were the figures requested. [HL3635]

The department was created on 28 June 2007. The information requested is set out below in terms of the total paybill and percentage agreed centrally for non-consolidated performance payment:

Year

SCS total paybill

Non-consolidated performance budget—% of paybill

Non-consolidated performance payments

2007-08

£10,488,146

7.6

£577,972

2008-09

£8,616,241

8.6

£311,500

2009-10

£9,918,215

8.6

£493,875

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 20 April 2009 (WA 318) concerning the amount of funding for Senior Civil Servants' performance-related pay, what were the figures requested. [HL3638]

The following amounts were paid in relation to performance related variable pay.

2008: £2,435,100 for performance in 2007-08 (8.6 per cent of senior pay bill).

2007: £2,201,790 for performance in 2006-07 (7.6 per cent of senior pay bill).

2006: £2,086,636 for performance in 2005-06 (6.5 per cent of senior pay bill).

2005: £1,509,410 for performance in 2004-05 (5 per cent of senior pay bill).

We do not hold figures in our central database for payments in 2004.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 27 April (WA 2) concerning the amount of funding for Senior Civil Servants' performance-related pay, what were the figures requested. [HL3640]

The following table gives the department’s total Senior Civil Service (SCS) pay bill figures for each year since 2005 together with the associated percentages which show the size of the non-consolidated pot as a proportion of pay bill:

Year

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Pay bill (£)

20,742,391.80

20,800,944.32

21,348,897.63

21,830,008.98

23,197,363.53

Non-consolidated Pot as %

5.0%

6.5%

7.6%

8.6%

8.6%

Pay bill figures given are as at 31 March for each year.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Carter of Barnes on 21 April (WA 383) concerning the amount of funding for Senior Civil Servants' performance-related pay, what were the figures requested. [HL3641]

A close and effective link between pay and performance and increased use of variable pay is a key element of the reward arrangements for the Civil Service and the Senior Civil Service in particular.

Year

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

Pot

5.0%

6.5%

7.6%

8.6%

8.6%

SCS Paybill

£2,301,562

£2,331,897

£3,659,835

£2,416,714

£3,751,564*

* This figure is an estimate only (payroll data for April 2009 are multiplied by 12)

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 20 April (WA 318) concerning the amount of funding for Senior Civil Servants' performance-related pay, what were the figures requested. [HL3642]

The information requested is set out below in terms of the total paybill and percentage agreed centrally for non-consolidated performance payments:

Year

SCS total paybill (£m)

Non-consolidated performance budget—% of paybill

Non-consolidated performance payments (£m)

2005-06

9.77

5.0

0.49

2006-07

9.83

6.5

0.64

2007-08

10.43

7.6

0.80

2008-09

9.26

8.6

0.80

2009-10

10.16

8.6

0.87