Bonuses up at Ministry of Justice

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A higher percentage of Ministry of Justice staff received bonuses last year compared with the year before – and the average size of bonuses was also up, according to figures released today. 

The ministry’s Diversity Report for 2014/15 shows that in 2014/15, 11.3% of staff received special bonuses, up from 8.5% in 2013/14. The average bonus level also increased – it was £290 in 2014/15 compared with £270 in 2013/14.

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The report states that the average level of bonus award was higher among more senior staff compared with junior grades.

Bonuses awarded to staff in the 40-49 age bracket in 2014/15 had the highest average value (£320). Bonuses awarded to staff in the 20-29 age group had the lowest average value (£230).

An MoJ spokesperson said: ‘We have a scheme in place to reward those who make an exceptional contribution to the department’s work.

‘Rewards are based on assessments of individual performance and subject to scrutiny by senior management. We closely monitor the scheme to ensure it is applied fairly.’

Meanwhile, the number of MoJ staff told they ‘must improve’ in their appraisal rating has increased by 50%, from 2% of staff in 2013/14 to 3% last year. A ‘good’ rating was awarded to 84% of staff compared with 81% in 2013/14; 13% were ‘outstanding’ compared with 17% the previous year.

The report provides diversity analysis for the ministry and its associated agencies: the National Offender Management Service, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service, the Legal Aid Agency and the Office of the Public Guardian.

MoJ diversity champion Ann Beasley said the ministry's aim was 'for staff at all levels of the department to understand and value difference and promote an open and inclusive workplace'.

Beasley said she was ‘keen that staff feel able to bring their “whole self” into each work day, both for their own wellbeing and effectiveness and that of the organisation more generally’.

The report states that the overall number of grievances was approximately 1.8 per 100 staff in 2014/15, compared with 1.6 per 100 staff the previous year.

Investigations remained similar to 2013/14 figures at 2.1 per 100 staff, but conduct and discipline cases fell from 1.3 per 100 staff in 2013/14 to 1.1 per 100 staff in 2014/15.

The number of people who joined the ministry in 2014/15 more than doubled – 5,460 people compared with 2,500 the previous year.

The number of people who left the ministry fell from 7,240 in 2013/14 to 6,180 the following year. On 31 March 2015 the total headcount was 70,040. 

Promotion rates remained stable between 2013/14, with 4% of staff promoted in both years.

Fewer staff were working flexibly compared with the previous year.

As of March 2015, 17% of staff were on some form of flexible-working pattern, which includes compressed hours and home working. This represented a decrease of three percentage points on the previous year.

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  • I bet the top earning partner at A&O wishes he had an MOJ bonus instead of his £2.9mill vs £320........

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  • Nice to see all the CUT-BACKS money is going to better use

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  • High time we supported those people who are getting far to much for doing far to little, get that extra bit more

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  • I cant BELIEVE what I am reading,

    I think Joe Public would be very interested in what a job MOJ has done in dismantling their legal rights and, in turn, how their rewards are increasing for so doing.

    National scandal

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  • "MoJ diversity champion Ann Beasley said she was ‘keen that staff feel able to bring their “whole self” into each work day, both for their own wellbeing and effectiveness and that of the organisation more generally’."

    I think I may have identified a potential saving in the MoJ budget.

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  • Whilst I am quite well known for Tory cutting the debt and the deficit, I am heartily sickened by news of this nature, MPs' pay rises and so on. It just does not add up Messrs Cameroon and Osbourne, to tell us on the one hand to tighten our belts while on the other 'civil' (sic) servants are getting more. Or is it a case of 'more for less', you will get nice bonuses the less HMG has to pay out to those who cannot make a nuisance of themselves.

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  • I take it the 3 per cent who need to improve were involved with the two tier fiacso.

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  • "Ann Beasley said she was ‘keen that staff feel able to bring their “whole self” into each work day"

    Ah, bless. Tell them we're all so grateful.

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  • As opposed to bringing "half-self" to work each day ?

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  • David, even you must surely concede that this government's stewardship of the economy is appalling. They have failed every test they set for themselves, and both the deficit and the debt have grown massively since they came to power in 2010. By their actions shall we know them.

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