British civil servants' pay to increase

50 per cent hike intended to attract private sector
||Last Updated: 04/08/2003

It’s a good time to be a British civil servant. They’re in line for a 50 per cent wage hike. That makes the five per cent wage hike in each of the next three years currently demanded by Canadian federal civil servants seem like small potatoes.

The Senior Salaries Review Body, acting on a consultation paper prepared by senior officials, plans to propose pay increases and changes to pay grades for 3,000 civil servants next month. The revisions will link pay more closely to performance and will bring salaries closer to those paid in the private sector. The move is motivated by the government’s desire to attract “outsiders” – private sector recruits –and retain them.

The nine current senior pay grades would be consolidated and reduced to three. The first level, covering about 2,300 civil servants, would range from £49,000 to £87,500; the second, affecting 600 bureaucrats, from £67,500 to £129,000; and the third, applicable to 100 officials, from £83,000 to £183,000.