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Mr. Thomas: The Department for International Development (DFID) employs both home civil servants (HCS) and locally engaged staff (known as staff appointed in country or SAIC), who work in our more than 60 overseas offices. SAIC are not civil servants. They are employed on local terms and conditions of service, but within the same broad grading structure.
Gender data are supplied by staff on a voluntary basis. The numbers who have chosen not to provide this information are shown as N/D (not declared). The following table shows the numbers by gender and grade as at the end of November 2007.
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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is. 
Mr. Thomas: The Department for International Development (DFID) employs both home civil servants (HCS) and locally engaged staff (known as staff appointed in country or SAIC), who work in more than 60 overseas offices. SAIC are employed on local terms and conditions. Salaries paid to SAIC vary from country to country to reflect conditions in the local labour markets.
DFID's HCS and SAIC workforce is structured around a grade hierarchy, rather than by salary band. There are numerous job titles and roles that fall within each grade, covering administrative, technical and advisory staff, and it is not therefore possible to assign staff numbers to each title or role.
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(a) There are separate bonus structures for staff in the Senior Civil Service (SCS) and those at other grades. All bonus payments are non-consolidated for pay purposes, and non-pensionable. The approximate proportion of the overall pay bill allocated to bonus payments made to HCS in 2006-07 was 1.4 per cent.
(b) The majority of HCS are eligible to join the civil service pensions schemes, and retirement benefits are paid in accordance with the rules of those schemes. Further information is available from the civil service pensions website, at
(c) All staff are entitled to seek reimbursement of necessary out-of-pocket expenses. HCS based overseas are also entitled to receive an allowance to compensate for any additional cost of everyday goods and services, which ensures that their income has the same purchasing power as in the UK.
(d) The payment of expenses is administered independently by each of our departments and offices overseas, and the total value of those payments incurred in the last 10 years could only be obtained and collated at disproportionate cost.
(e) The average age of our employees, the (f) number of women and men, and (g) ethnic composition is shown in the following tables, but age, gender and ethnicity are all provided by staff on a voluntary basis. The numbers who have chosen not to provide this information is shown as N/Dnot declared.
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