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Civil Service: Performance Pay

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Spokesperson for the Treasury, Spokesperson for Work and Pensions

To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) what the total monetary value of Senior Civil Service non-consolidated performance pay awards was in HM Treasury and its agencies, (b) how many and what proportion of the Senior Civil Service staff in HM Treasury and its agencies received performance pay awards by SCS pay band, and (c) how those awards were distributed by pay band and award category, for each of the past five years for which data are available.

Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Parliamentary Secretary, HM Treasury

The pay framework for Senior Civil Servants, including the size of SCS bonus pot, is published in the annual reports of the Review Body on Senior Salaries, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.

The table below sets out the information requested for Senior Civil Servants working within the Treasury Group in the years for which it is available. Figures for payments relating to performance during 2007-08, and paid during 2008-09, are not yet available. Information about bonuses paid during 2008-09 will be included in the Treasury's departmental report later this year.

HM Treasury includes consideration of the Senior Civil Servants at the UK Debt Management Office (DMO) at its pay committee due to small numbers involved.

Table 1: Non-consolidated performance pay awards for Senior Civil Servants in the Treasury Group 2004-05 to 2006-07
Performance year: 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
HM Treasury and DMO No of SCS Staff receiving award 53 62 62
Proportion receiving award 54% 55% 61%
Pay pot* (000) 353 493 645
OGC No of SCS Staff receiving award 11 12
Proportion receiving award 48% 50%
Pay pot* (£000) 110 199

*Amount of non-consolidated pay pot excluding employer costs

Table 2a: Non-consolidated performance pay awards for Senior Civil Servants by payband and performance category 2004-05 to 2006-07—HM Treasury and DMO
Performance year Tranche SCS I SC2 SC3
2004-05 Top 19 3 1
Middle 21 7 2
Bottom 0 0 0
2005-06 Top 21 4 2
Upper Middle 26 9 1
Lower Middle 0 0 0
Bottom 0 0 0
2006-07 Top 21 4 2
Upper Middle 26 9 1
Lower Middle 0 0 0
Bottom 0 0 0
Table 2b: Non-consolidated performance pay awards for Senior Civil Servants by payband and performance category 2005-06 to 2006-07—Office of Government Commerce*
Performance year Tranche SCS Paybands 1, 1A, 2 & 3
2005-06 Top 6
Upper Middle 3
Lower Middle 2
Bottom 0
2006-07 Top 10
Upper Middle 10
Lower Middle 0
Bottom 0

* Figures for OGC by payband cannot be released, due to the small numbers involved.

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