DWP Paid £53M In Bonuses To Staff
How many years of benefits would that pay for, for disabled people and carers?
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) paid more than £53m in performance related pay and bonuses last year – including over 100,000 vouchers of at least £25.
In total £51,274,006 was paid in cash to staff in in-year and end of year bonuses between April 2012 and March 2013.
And a minimum of £2.56m was also paid in 102,349 voucher payments valued between £25 and £50.
This total could be as high as £5.12m if all vouchers handed out were for £50 and would take the total bonus pool to £56.4m.
Senior civil servants (SCS) received the highest awards – 61 of 242 eligible staff (25.2%) received a median bonus of £10,000 each, although the maximum paid out was £15,000.
The vast majority of non-senior staff eligible for an end of year bonus (91%) received one, with the top value being £1,705 and median value £475.
One in five (19.6%) of eligible staff members also received an in-year bonus, with the highest being £2,250, although the median amount was £100.
According to the official DWP data, the bonus pool amounted to 3.2% of the annual £20.4m pay bill for senior civil servants.
And it represented 1.8% of the £2.76bn total pay for the 104,000 non-senior eligible employees at the department.