DWP employees up to Grade 6 are eligible to be nominated for an in-year performance award. These are one-off payments, made to recognise exceptional achievements and/or contributions to business performance. In-year awards can be made at any time during the performance year and are paid either as retail vouchers between £25 and £50 or cash payments of £50 or above. Senior Civil Servants are not eligible to receive these payments. The total amount available for in-year awards is 0.23% of total paybill.
During the 2013/14 financial year 100,585 in-year awards, worth £5,030,126 were made, which equates to 0.19% of paybill.
Between April and Sept 2014 41,370 in-year awards, with a value of £1,778,015, were made, which equates to 0.15% of paybill.