174819 - Northern Ireland Office: Working Hours (Answered)

Catherine West
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the contracted hours are for the highest paid member of staff in her Department.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The highest paid member of staff in the Northern Ireland Office is contracted to work a minimum (over a 5 day week) of 41 hours per week.

Senior Civil Servants are contracted to work a minimum (over a 5 day week) of either 41 or 42 hours, including daily meal breaks for one hour. The new model contract was introduced on the 1st July 2013, which standardise the working hours to 42 hours which was applicable to all new staff as well as those staff being promoted into or within SCS, from that date forward.