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Government Departments: Bonuses

Volume 716: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

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 Department for International Development 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. [HL43]

Department for International Development (DfID) Senior Civil Service (SCS) members are eligible for a non-consolidated performance award. Awards are intended to reward delivery of personal business objectives during the reporting year or other short-term personal contributions to wider organisational objectives. In considering SCS members for an award, line managers are asked to take into account:

performance against agreed priority business objectives or targets;

total delivery record over the year;

relative stretch (ie the challenge of the job compared to that of others); and

response to unforeseen events that affected the performance agreement.

Awards are funded within existing pay bill controls, have to be re-earned each year against the pre-determined criteria above and, as such, do not add to future pay bill costs.

The annual size of the non-consolidated performance pay pot for the SCS is based on recommendations by the independent Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB).

Staff in grades below the SCS (Al and below) are eligible for a non-consolidated performance award. Awards are intended to reward both the delivery of personal business objectives during the reporting year and demonstration of DfID’s values.

Non-consolidated performance related payments for all staff are paid at the year end. DfID does not operate a special bonus scheme.

The three tables below show by Civil Service band; the number of staff eligible for a non-consolidated performance payment; the number of staff who received a non-consolidated performance payment; the median payment; and the maximum payment.

Financial Year: 2007-081

Grade

No. of staff eligible for non-consolidated performance payments

No. of staff who received non-consolidated performance payments

Average (median) payment (£)

Maximum payment (£)

Director General 2

*

*

*

*

Director

12

9

£5,750

£12,500

Deputy Director

73

52

£5,750

£12,500

A1 (G6)

238

131

£365

£1,150

A2(G7)

426

250

£365

£1,150

A2(L) (SEO)

142

100

£365

£1 150

B1 (HEO)

272

168

£365

£725

B2(EO)

264

171

£365

£725

C1(AO)

231

134

£365

£520

C2 (AA)

30

13

£365

£520

Financial Year:2008-091

Grade

No. of staff eligible for non-consolidated performance payments3

No. of staff who received non-consolidated performance payments

Average (median) payment (£)

Maximum payment (£)

Director General2

*

*

*

*

Director

14

10

£8,282

£20,685

Deputy Director

80

59

£6,350

£14,612

A1 (G6)

0

0

£0

£0

A2 (G7)

0

0

£0

£0

A2(L) (SEO)

0

0

£0

£0

B1 (HEO)

0

0

£0

£0

B2 (EO)

0

0

£0

£0

C1 (AO)

0

0

£0

£0

C2 (AA)

0

0

£0

£0

Financial Year: 2009-101

Grade

No. of staff eligible for non-consolidated performance payments

No. of staff who received non-consolidated performance payments

Average (median) payment (£)

Maximum payment (£)

Director General 2

*

*

*

*

Director

14

10

£7,003

£12,500

Deputy Director

79

54

£5,497

£10,000

A1(G6)

238

181

£495

£750

A2(G7)

433

359

£495

£750

A2(L) (SEO)

128

73

£495

£750

B1(HEO)

245

183

£495

£750

B2(EO)

238

189

£495

£750

C1(AO)

198

167

£495

£750

C2(AA)

30

23

£495

£750

1 Payments made are for the financial year indicated but relate to performance achieved in the previous reporting year.

2 Information not provided on grounds of confidentiality (less than five members of staff).

3 DfID did not operate a non-consolidated reward scheme for staff below the SCS.