08 June 2012 #Employment
Figures released by the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee show the level of bonuses that were paid out for work carried out in 2010/11 - UK Border Agency civil servants get bonuses of up to £7,000:
In January 2011 the Home Affairs Select Committee did recommend that no bonuses be paid to senior staff. This data has therefore raised eyebrows given the ongoing woes of the UK Border Agency with the Chairman of the Committee commenting
"The payment of bonuses in the midst of failures such as the relaxation of border controls, the inability to clear the asylum backlog and the reluctance to tackle bogus colleges through unannounced inspections must cease”.
However, the permanent secretary at the Home Office Dame Helen Ghosh stated that the data actually shows that the percentage and size of bonuses has substantially reduced over the past four years. For work in 2007/8:
Despite some evidence of a reduction in bonuses, given the UK Border Agency’s recent track record, the current figures will mean yet more criticism for the troubled agency.