The government recently announced that pay for the civil service and related bodies will be frozen at 0% this year. The Treasury pay guidance, which covers pay for civil servants, public sector workers in non-departmental public bodies and other arm’s-length bodies over the next 12 months, has now been published, confirming that your pay will be frozen at 0%.
The average civil servant is already £2,100 worse off each year following a decade of pay restraint, so our national executive has agreed a national pay claim for 2021 which seeks a cost-of-living rise of 10%.
To add insult to injury, the government has deliberately avoided you gaining a 2% reduction in your pension contributions, despite being told to do so by the Scheme Advisory Board, which further reduces your take home pay.
As part of the campaign and this year’s negotiations, a number of groups within the Civil Service are submitting ‘sectoral’ pay claims. In our case the claim will cover the Department for Education and its’ Arm’s Length Bodies/NDPBs: DfE, Ofqual, Ofsted, The Office for Students, The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, The Office of the Children's Commissioner, Education & Training Foundation and the Student Loans Company.
Your group executive committee (GEC) has put together a pay claim team, supported by our PCS industrial officer, to take forward this work. We have written to and are seeking meetings with the Permanent Secretary in the Department for Education.
We need you to support us. If you think you can help us e.g. data collection and analysis or communications to members, or if you have information on pay anomalies please contact President.PCS@education.gov.uk
If you would like to know more you can contact President.PCS@education.gov.uk
We will keep you informed on the progress of the pay claim on a regular basis.