28 April 2022

People survey reveals massive dissatisfaction with pay

Civil servants are unsurprisingly massively dissatisfied with their pay, according to the results of the latest Civil Service People survey, published this week.

The fact that thousands of public sector workers have endured below-inflation pay rises for over a decade is reflected in the figures which show overwhelmingly that staff in most departments are unhappy about their pay. Three departments, the Department for International Trade, HM Treasury and MOJ, share the lowest score for pay and benefits satisfaction with 28%. While only 3 employers – HMRC, MOJ and Northern Ireland Office have seen satisfaction with pay increase over the past 12 months.

Only 3 departments have 50% or more staff who say they are happy with their pay - Scottish Government (56%), Welsh Government (60%) and the Northern Ireland Office (50%). While pay satisfaction is also very low in the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (29%), and Home Office (30%).

Our members voted in record numbers in our recent consultative ballot to support our national pay claim of 10% and to get the 2% they have overpaid towards their pension refunded and backdated to April 2019. 98% of members endorsed the claim and 81% indicated they would be prepared to take industrial action if the government didn’t listen.

Since then, we have been working tirelessly to persuade Cabinet Office and Treasury officials, as well as government ministers, to do the right thing on pay. Unfortunately, the government refuses to listen and also intends to make cuts to the civil service redundancy scheme.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “These figures back up what we heard from our members in our consultative ballot that they are deeply unhappy about their pay. Our members are facing the greatest crisis in living standards since records began and their employer, the UK government, is unwilling to do anything to help them.

“Unless this situation changes and ministers help their own workforce who are struggling like never before, we will make the case to move towards a statutory ballot for strike action across large parts of PCS membership to put pressure on the government.”

Email your MP to ask for a pay rise to address the cost-of-living crisis. It will take less than 2 minutes and has a model email included which can be amended to add in extra information in your own words if you wish.