Back our pay campaign: make Treasury minister Gauke listen

06 Mar 2017

We have made a detailed submission to Treasury minister David Gauke, arguing that the 1% pay cap should be lifted, but we need your help to make him listen by emailing him.

Civil service pay has fallen in value since 2010. Research carried out for us, using Office for National Statistics data, shows that from 2010 to 2016 average civil service pay fell by between 8 and 9% in real terms, a larger fall than the rest of the public sector and the wider economy.

The 1% civil service pay cap, the removal of salary progression, increased pension scheme and National Insurance contributions – these have all combined to create a perfect storm.

In her first speech as prime minister in July, Theresa May said: “If you’re from an ordinary working class family, life is much harder than many people at Westminster realise…If you are one of those families, if you are just managing I want to address you directly.”

By any definition many civil servants now fall into this group, suffering the effect of years of pay restraint and cuts to take-home pay; struggling to afford essentials like food and heating.

Many civil servants are struggling to make ends meet – it’s clear that PCS members need and deserve a better pay deal. The value of civil service earnings has fallen significantly and is continuing to fall – further than the value of pay in the rest of the public sector and in the economy as a whole, with inflation having an increasingly damaging effect.

That is why we have launched a new pay campaign to fight for a rise. We have made a submission to the Treasury that the 1% pay cap should be lifted and that the 2017 pay remit should enable civil service employers to start the process of restoring the value of pay, by enabling them to negotiate increases to civil service pay above the rate of inflation.

We will submit a national pay claim to the Cabinet Office minister and the head of the civil service, for a pay increase of 5% or £1,200, whichever is the greater. And we are continuing to talk to the TUC and other public sector unions about joint union action to break the 1% pay cap.

Protest on pay day

On the last pay day in March, before the Treasury publishes its pay guidance for 2017, we are asking all members to get involved in workplace pay day protests.

We will use photos and messages from members to tell the Cabinet Office that you support our pay claim.

For more information about organising a pay day protest at your workplace talk to your local PCS reps.

Our general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "The government’s rhetoric on wanting to help ‘just managing families’ rings hollow when it comes its own workforce who are struggling to get by on ever diminishing salaries.

"The chancellor has an opportunity in the budget to lift the 1% cap and allow government departments to end the blight of low pay and put money back into the pockets of dedicated public servants who work hard to provide the services we all rely on."

Share your pay experience

  • What you have had to do to make ends meet?
  • If yours is a ‘just about managing’ family, what does that mean in reality?
  • What would an inflation-busting pay rise mean for you?
  • Please email your stories to

Civil service pay has been eroded for far too long. It’s time to drop the 1% pay cap and negotiate increases in civil service pay above the rate of inflation.

Join our pay campaign and email the minister to tell him the pay cap can't continue, and that it's time to give the civil service a real pay increase.

Read our submission to the Treasury

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