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Salary increases and bonuses

Request for Information – FOI14470

Request

Thank you for your email of 23 June 2014 requesting information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. Please note that although our initial acknowledgement advised you would receive a response by the 21 July 2014, the correct deadline for response is actually today – 22 July as the date on which the request is received counts as day zero, with 24 June 2014 classed as day one for the purposes of FOI.

Please can you let me know the following information relating to office-based staff in your organisation:

1. The total salary bill for office staff for 2013-2014, broken down by department.
2. The total spent on bonuses for office-based staff relating to performance in the year 2013-2014. Break this down into the amount paid to directors, the amount paid to senior employees (say how these are defined) and the amount paid to the rest of the staff.
3. The total approved for salary increases for 2014-2015.
4. How these salary increases are paid to office staff e.g. flat % rate for everyone, based on performance, based on job description or job family etc. Show the amount of increase given for each class of employee.
5. Performance gradings achieved for 2013-2014 by team, dept, job family, plus organisation average. No individual scores are requested, just the % at each grade for each team.

Our response

Ordnance Survey does hold some of the information you have requested, where the information is not held this is specified.

We respond to your request for information as follows:

1. The total salary bill for office staff for 2013-2014, broken down by department.

This information is held by Ordnance Survey. Please see below for the breakdown of the 2013-14 total salary bill for all staff by business groups:

Business Group Name

£’000

Finance and Corporate Service

£4,767

Commercial

£6,390

Corporate Office

£2,201

Operations

£19,219

IS

£9,619

Products and Innovation

£5,203

Please note that this is a sub analysis of the total of wages and salaries for permanent employees, social security costs (employers NI) and employer pension costs as disclosed in the annual report and accounts 2013-14.

2. The total spent on bonuses for office based staff relating to performance in the year 2013-2014. Break this down into the amount paid to directors, the amount paid to senior employees (say how these are defined) and the amount paid to the rest of the staff.

This information is held by Ordnance Survey. We have defined the term senior employee to incorporate those employees who hold a Senior Manager or Head of Department role in their area of specialism. These roles ‘sit’ below the post of Director in the organisational structure. We can advise of the following performance bonuses in the 2013-14 year:

Directors – £73k

Senior employees – £139k

Remaining employees – £825k

Please note, that Under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act ‘the duty to provide advice and assistance’ you should note that not all our employees are considered office-based, as we have a number of Data Collectors who primarily work in the field, surveying and collecting information. These employees are included in the above figures in response to your question 1 and 2.

3. The total approved for salary increases for 2014-2015.

This information is not held by Ordnance Survey as the salary increases for 2014-15 have not yet been approved.

4. How these salary increases are to be paid to office staff e.g. flat % rate for everyone, based on performance, based on job description or job family etc. Show the amount of increase given for each class of employee.

The mechanism for the allocation or distribution of any salary increases has not yet been approved, consequently this information is not held.

5. Performance gradings achieved for 2013-2014 by team, dept, job family, plus organisation average. No individual scores are requested, just the % at each grade for each team.

This information is partially held. Ordnance Survey holds information with regards to performance gradings by department but not by team or job family, as there is no business requirement for us to hold the information in this manner.

The following table details the ratings (scale 1 to 7) achieved for 2013-2014 broken down by the six internal business groups or departments. 1 is the highest rating:

Business group % population

Ratings

Finance & CSCommercialCorporate OfficeISOperationsProducts & InnovationOS total
12.04%
2.44%
4.55%
0.45%
0.54%
2.94%
1.22%
213.27%12.20%18.18%12.05%5.98%9.80%9.27%
337.76%33.33%27.27%32.14%30.80%34.31%32.11%
442.86%47.15%47.73%51.34%58.15%46.08%52.84%
52.04%3.25%0.00%3.57%3.80%5.88%3.59%
62.04%0.81%0.00%0.00%0.18%0.98%0.44%
70.00%0.81%2.27%0.45%0.54%0.00%0.52%


Internal review

Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our FOI Internal Review Officer, by contacting them as follows:

FOI Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
Southampton
SO16 0AS

Email: foi@os.uk

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
  • Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
  • Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
  • Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

The FOI Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The FOI Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

Appeal to Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
If, following the outcome of the internal review you remain unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal with the Information Commissioner’s Office at:

The Case Reception Unit
Customer Service Team
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Email: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone helpline: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 for advice, Monday to Friday.

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