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Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of staff in the Northern Ireland Office received or will receive bonuses during 2009; what was the total amount of bonuses paid; and what were the figures for 2008. [HL616]

Non-consolidated performance payments are made to staff in the Senior Civil Service in line with Cabinet Office Guidance and also to staff at Grades D2 to A in line with HM Treasury Guidance. These payments were made in the current year rewarding performance throughout the 2008-09 reporting year. Approximately 28 per cent of staff received non-consolidated performance payments, totalling £599,048.50. Approximately 26 per cent of staff received non-consolidated performance payments totalling £609,875.00* in 2008, to reward performance throughout the 2007-08 reporting year.

Under a separate scheme, special performance payments were awarded to staff in the year 2008-09. Approximately 49 per cent of staff received these payments, totalling £260,865. Approximately 40 per cent of staff received special performance payments totalling £227,349.48 in the year 2007-08.

* This figure does not include non-consolidated performance payments made by the Northern Ireland Prison Service to staff below Senior Civil Service.