Home Affairs CommitteeWritten evidence submitted by Home Office [UKBA 08]

Letter from Dame Helen Ghosh DCB, Permanent Secretary, to the Chair of the Committee,
25 May 2012

UK Border Agency Bonuses

Thank you for your letter of 11 May, requesting a breakdown of the bonuses paid to UK Border Agency staff in recent years.

You have asked for the breakdown of bonuses paid to Senior Civil Servants in the UK Border Agency to be provided by individual member of staff. As you know there are existing ground rules around the disclosure of information about individuals and in accordance with these we are unable to provide this information without the written consent of all the individuals concerned. We are currently going through the process of obtaining this consent. In Annex A we have therefore provided, for each performance year, the percentage of SCS staff in the UK Border Agency awarded a bonus, the minimum and maximum value of those awards and the percentage of staff who received a bonus within £5,000 bands. As you will see this data shows that the percentage of bonuses paid to staff and the size of these bonuses has reduced substantially over that four year period. As I have previously explained to the committee, this both reflects changes in Government Policy on SCS bonuses but also that we have chosen to exercise restraint and therefore paid 1.7% of our pay bill in SCS bonuses in 2010/11 when Cabinet Office guidance allows up to 5%.

Please also find attached at Annex B the information requested for staff below SCS in UK Border Agency.

My apologies for the delay in responding to your request. This is the first time we are disclosing information in this level of detail and format and I wanted to ensure that you receive the most accurate and up to date information available.

It may be helpful for you to know that this response has been provided using a data set recently prepared to implement Lord Hutton’s recommendations on Pay Disclosure within the civil service regarding pay medians and pay multiples. Guidance was issued by H M Treasury in February 2012 and covered, amongst other things, how to report bonus information. The Department’s data set is currently being prepared for independent scrutiny by National Audit Office as Pay Disclosure will be included in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts publications.

Dame Helen Ghosh DCB
Permanent Secretary
Home Office

May 2012

Annex A

UKBA SCS BONUSES

For 2010–11 Performance Year—Paid in 2011–12 Financial Year

24% of UKBA SCS were awarded a bonus.

Minimum value £4,500.

Maximum value £7,000.

20% of UKBA SCS awarded a bonus in the £0–5k banding.

4% of UKBA SCS awarded a bonus in the £5–10k banding.

For 2009–10 Performance Year—Paid in 2010–11 Financial Year

67% of UKBA SCS awarded a bonus.

Minimum value £3,500.

Maximum value £10,000.

37% of UKBA SCS awarded a bonus in the £0–5k banding.

30% of UKBA SCS awarded a bonus in the £5–10k banding.

For 2008–09 Performance Year—Paid in 2009–10 Financial Year

72% of UKBA SCS awarded a bonus.

Minimum value £7,500.

Maximum value £15,000.

60% of UKBA SCS awarded a bonus in the £5–10k banding.

12% of UKBA SCS awarded a bonus in the £10–15k banding.

For 2007–08 Performance Year—Paid in 2008–09 Financial Year

65% of UKBA SCS awarded a bonus.

Minimum value £6,000.

Maximum value £22,000.

39% of UKBA SCS awarded a bonus in the £5–10k banding.

13% of UKBA SCS awarded a bonus in the £10–15k banding.

11% of UKBA SCS awarded a bonus in the £15–20k banding.

2% of UKBA SCS awarded a bonus in the £20–25k banding.

Annex B

UKBA STAFFING AND ONE OFF PAYMENTS FOR BELOW SCS STAFF 2008–09 TO 2011–12

NUMBER OF STAFF EMPLOYED 2009–12

UKBA

Headcount

2009

2010

2011

2012

Grade

Total

Total

Total

Total

1.AA

1,719

1,721

1,582

1,279

2.AO

4,761

4,594

5,673

5,111

3.EO

7.541

7,612

9,557

8,823

4.HEO

2,855

2,970

3,277

3,038

5.SEO

1,256

1,387

1,466

1,265

6.G7

446

535

551

485

7.G6

140

180

189

161

Total

18,718

18,999

22,295

20,171

Data Source: Home Office Dataview Extract as at 31 March in each year

Representative of Current Civil Servants

NB Figures from 2011 include HM Revenue and Customs staff who joined UKBA in April 2010

2008–09

Grade

Number of staff who received a one off payment

Total (aggregate) value of the one off payments paid*1

Min*2

Max*2

1. AA

332

£80,621

£286

£304

2. AO

1,205

£399,172

£337

£413

3. EO

2,353

£1,102,382

£461

£589

4. HEO

1,095

£630,421

£577

£736

5. SEO

592

£440,525

£736

£875

6. G7

242

£288,815

£1,072

£2,233

7. G6

76

£139,983

£1,313

£2,736

Grand Total

5,895

£3,081,919

 

 

*1 Includes end year performance payments and special one off payments

*2 Minima & maxima payable in end year performance one off payments

2009–10

Grade

Number of staff who received a one off payment

Total (aggregate) value of the one off payments paid*1

Min*2

Max*2

1. AA

528

£240,386

£291

£309

2. AO

1,364

£722,795

£342

£419

3. EO

2,398

£1,175,355

£468

£598

4. HEO

994

£627,964

£586

£1,495

5. SEO

619

£521,935

£747

£1,777

6. G7

239

£269,805

£1,088

£2,267

7. G6

80

£144,232

£1,333

£2,777

Grand Total

6,222

£3,702,472

 

 

*1 Includes end year performance payments and special one off payments

*2 Minima & maxima payable in end year performance one off payments

2010–11

Grade

Number of staff who received a one off payment

Total (aggregate) value of the one off payments paid*1

Min*2

Max*2

1. AA

396

£116,061

£295

£314

2. AO

1,431

£501,372

£346

£425

3. EO

2,539

£1,253,852

£476

£607

4. HEO

1,136

£758,050

£595

£1,518

5. SEO

600

£489,359

£759

£1,804

6. G7

223

£263,746

£1,105

£2,302

7. G6

88

£141,929

£1,353

£2,820

Grand Total

6,413

£3,524,369

 

 

*1 Includes end year performance payments and special one off payments

*2 Minima & maxima payable in end year performance one off payments

2011–12

Grade

Number of staff who received a one off payment

Total (aggregate) value of the one off payments paid*1

Min*2

Max*2

1. AA

307

£88,603

£295

£314

2. AO

1,316

£455,680

£346

£425

3. EO

2,373

£1,150,533

£476

£607

4. HEO

1,114

£743,292

£595

£1,518

5. SEO

516

£429,091

£759

£1,804

6. G7

210

£273,847

£1,105

£2,302

7. G6

65

£105,053

£1,353

£2,820

Grand Total

5,901

£3,246,099

 

 

*1 Includes end year performance payments and special one off payments

*2 Minima & maxima payable in end year performance one off payments

Prepared 20th July 2012