HC Deb 10 June 2002 vol 386 cc1061-2W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on overtime payments for staff in her Department. [49121]

Mr. Ivan Lewis

The information is as follows:

Grades AA to SEO

Grades AA to SEO working overtime Monday to Friday receive payment at time and a half or time off equal to the hours worked. Weekend and public holiday overtime attracts either payment at plain time plus time off equal to the hours worked, or payment at double time.

Grades 6 and 7

Once at least eight additional hours are worked in a week, grades 6 and 7 receive a set hourly discretionary payment for additional hours worked outside normal conditioned hours during the week and for additional hours at the weekend. The hourly rates are: Grade 7

  • London: £11.72
  • Elsewhere: £10.89
Grade 6
  • London:£12.98
  • Elsewhere:£12.42

For weekend and public holiday attendance they also receive an hourly rate payment (restricted to the discretionary payment rates) plus time off equal to the hours worked. Time off not taken for the weekend attendance can be used towards the eight hours qualifying for discretionary payments.


Members of the senior civil service are not eligible for payment for any extra hours worked. Their contract of employment provides that they may be required to work such additional hours as may from time to time be reasonable and necessary for the efficient performance of their duties.