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Government Departments: Bonuses

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government for each of the last three years for which figures are available, how many people were eligible for performance bonuses and special bonuses in the Cabinet Office and its agencies, by civil service band; how many people received each type of bonus, by civil service band; what the average payment was for each type of bonus, by civil service band; and what the maximum payment was for each type of bonus, by civil service band. [HL45]

An element of the Cabinet Office's overall pay award is allocated to non-consolidated variable pay related to performance. These payments are used to drive high performance and form part of the pay award for members of staff who demonstrate exceptional performance, for example by exceeding targets set or meeting challenging objectives.

Non-consolidated variable pay awards are funded from within existing pay bill controls, and have to be re-earned each year against pre-determined targets and, as such, do not add to future pay bill costs. The percentage of the pay bill set aside for performance-related awards is based on recommendations from the independent Senior Salaries Review Body and has been increasing year-on-year towards a target of 10 per cent.

The table below details how many people were eligible for and received a non-consolidated variable pay award and the average and the maximum payment for a non-consolidated variable pay award, by Civil Service band, awarded under the Cabinet Office standard pay and performance management process for the last three years of published accounts.

2005-062006-072007-08

SCS

Non-SCS

SCS

Non-SCS

SCS

Non-SCS

Number of staff eligible for performance-pay award

163

1506

161

1,192

153

1073

Number of staff who received a performance-pay award

112

697

123

761

105

638

Average value of a performance-pay award

£6,820

£1,211

£7,280

£1,123

£9,260

£1,133

The maximum payment for a performance pay award1

£16,000

£3,408

£18,000

£4,086

£24,000

£3,075

Percentage of SCS paybill set aside for performance pay

6.5%

N/A

7.6%

N/A

8.6%

N/A

1 In addition, an individual employed on a SCS non-standard form of contract, which links a higher than normal percentage of their pay to delivery-based objectives, received a non-consolidated award of £37,000 for their performance in 2006-07 and £50,000 for their performance in 2007-08.

I have asked the chief executive of the Central Office of Information (COI) to write to the noble Baroness with the information relating to COI.

Copies of the COI letter will be placed in the Library of the House.