14 December 2021

Time for a decent pay award

PCS members continue to share their concerns about their pay and pension contributions.

A PCS member working in Edinburgh got in touch with us after completing our online pension calculator, and finding out how much he is overpaying.

He told us: “I have experienced pay caps and freezes for 11 years now. Over the last few years I have either received 1% or only a small increase as my salary is below £23,000.

“I’ve also used the pension calculator to work out that with my salary of £21127 I’m making an annual overpayment to my pension of £422.54, that’s £35.21 a month.

“With all the increases to the cost of living – increased fuel costs, increased NI contributions, council tax and the like, it is really time for us to be considered for a decent pay award. No one could have foreseen the pandemic which has had a major impact on our economy, however the private sector is still seeing healthy pay increases and I don’t see why the government think it’s ok to treat loyal staff in this way.

“From April 2022, the National Living Wage for those aged 23 and above will be £9.50 per hour.  I’ve worked out that, despite working for 40 years as a civil servant, my salary is only 17p above the national minimum wage.”

What you can do

Use our PCS pensions loss calculator. Simply enter your gross annual salary and the calculator will show you how much you have overpaid.

Input your loss into our editable graphic, and share it on social media, or with us by emailing editor@pcs.org.uk.

Use our simple e-action to share what you have lost with your MP.

Please also share your stories with us at editor@pcs.org.uk