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Government Departments: Bonuses

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 26 January 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government for each of the past three years for which figures are available, how many people were eligible for performance bonuses and special bonuses in the Ministry of Justice 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. [HL6]

An element of the Ministry of Justice’s (including the National Offender Management Service (NOMS)) 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 for the Senior Civil Servants (SCS) is based on recommendations from the independent Senior Salaries Review Body.

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, awarded under the Ministry of Justice and NOMS standard pay and performance management processes for the three most recent performance years for which the relevant payments have been published in the department's accounts.

Performance Year 2005-06Performance Year 2006-07Performance Year 2007-08







Number of staff eligible for non-consolidated performance payment







Number of staff who received a non-consolidated performance payment







Average value of non-consolidated performance payment







The value of maximum non-consolidated payment







Percentage of SCS paybill set aside for non-consolidated performance payments








For staff below the SCS non-consolidated performance pay may be either end of year or in year. End-of-year payments are made for performance over the course of the performance year and in-year payments are made during the performance year which in the case of the information shown above align to the financial year in which the end-of-year non-consolidated performance payments were made.

The information shown above for 2005-06 and 2006-07 performance years includes non-consolidated performance related payments made to staff in the former DCA and HM Prison Service (now part of the NOMS Agency) prior to the creation of Ministry of Justice in 2007. Information for those years does not include payments to the remaining staff working in the Home Office who joined the Ministry of Justice at the same time, details of which are included in the 2007-08 amounts.

This information includes non-consolidated performance related payments made to those SCS members employed in the Ministry HQ, the National Offender Management Service, Her Majesty's Courts Service and the Tribunals Service. It excludes those employed by the National Archives, the Scotland Office and the Land Registry, as these cost are not met by the Ministry.