Departmental Pay

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of Vincent Cable Vincent Cable Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what proportion of staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years; what the total amount of bonuses paid has been; what the largest single payment was in each year; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Department operates two types of bonus scheme—special bonus (to reward staff for additional contribution, e.g. innovation and improvement, project work), and end of year bonus (to reward staff for performance and delivery throughout the year).

Figures for the last five years are set out in the following table.

2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Special bonuses
Number of staff 779 575 713 685 891
Proportion 44.5 31.6 37.3 32.9 42.9
Total amount (£) 98,705 112,150 153,443 151,558 174,882
Largest payment (£) 600 600 750 1,000 1,100
End of year bonuses
Number of staff 30 1,670 1,731 292 324
Proportion 1.7 91.9 90.7 14.0 15.6
Total amount (£) 132,300 362,930 476,299 502,667 557,000
Largest payment (£) 10,400 10,080 12,000 11,000 20,000

The Northern Ireland Office pays end-year bonuses for SCS staff in accordance with the Cabinet Office framework. In respect of 2002-03, only SCS staff received non- consolidated bonuses. Grade A and below received fully consolidated rises in this year. The Department established an end-year non-consolidated bonus scheme for Grade A and below in the 2003-04 reporting year, rewarding three levels of performance. From the 2005-06 reporting year this scheme was amended and is now targeted at exceptional performance. The figures relate to the reporting year but bonuses are paid in the following financial year.

In a previous answer given to the hon. Gentleman on 21 June 2007, Hansard, column 2050W, in respect of the number of bonuses paid and the value of the bonus pot in 2005-06, the number of individuals who received a bonus is lower (staff may receive more than one bonus in a year). The bonus pot in 2005-06 was not fully utilised so the figures have been amended accordingly.

For clarity, the special bonus figures and end year bonuses have been separated.

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