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Review of senior civil service bonuses must be comprehensive in its approach

11 June, 2009

Sinn Féin Economic spokesperson and Chair of the Assembly Finance and Personnel Committee, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (South Antrim) has welcomed the review of civil service pay and bonuses announced by Finance Minister, Nigel Dodds .

Speaking today Mr McLaughlin said:

“I welcome the fact that the Minister has responded to our concerns and the wider concerns of the general public in relation to the pay and bonuses of senior civil servants.  This is an issue that is very pertinent in the present economic downturn but also one that was equally pertinent while our economy was doing well.

“Senior civil servants bonuses have been in excess of £1million over the past number of years with individual bonuses ranging from £5,000 to £10,500 regardless of whether or not performance targets have been met.

“Alongside this the wages of senior civil servants is 22% higher than private sector equivalent in the north.  Such a huge pay differential has implications for the private sector.

“I have been pressing this issue for some considerable time, drawing attention to a wide range of anomalies that exist in and around the overall issue of pay and bonus awards to senior civil servants.

“What the Finance Minister must now do, is to spell out very clearly what the terms of reference for this review are. The review must be comprehensive in its approach and include all senior grades including permanent secretaries and the head of the civil service.”

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