Pay Calculator

How has the pay cap affected you?

Back in 2010, the government put in place a two-year public sector pay freeze. They then implemented a “pay cap”, set at 1%. For many PCS members pay has only increased by 5% in seven years. In that time inflation, which measures increases in the cost of living, has increased by 21.3%. This means the value of public sector pay has fallen.

PCS and other unions, have been campaigning against the pay cap, and this campaign is now starting to have an impact.

PCS has submitted a pay claim to the Cabinet Office which calls for a fully-funded 5% pay rise across the civil service, a Living Wage of £10 an hour, pay equality across the civil service and a common pay and grading structure. 

All public sector workers have been covered by the pay cap, all make an important contribution and all deserve a pay rise.

We want you to help us show the government, how the pay cap has affected you. So please use our calculator and send a powerful message to the government to scrap the pay cap and fully fund an above inflation pay increase for all.

How the calculator works

The calculator makes a simple analysis of the impact of inflation on your salary over seven years, assuming that you have received a 5% pay increase over that time. The calculator goes on to estimate the effect that the pay cap will have on the value of your pay if the pay cap continues until 2020 (using government estimates of inflation).

The calculator will also enable you to share this information on social media and email Cabinet Office minister, David Lidington, and your constituency MP.

Get involved

Some PCS members report that by the end of each month they face difficult choices between paying bills and putting food on the table. Let us know:

  • What have you have had to do to make ends meet?
  • What would an inflation-busting pay rise mean for you?

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Step 1 - Calculate the effect of your pay cap

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