ONS data on civil service reveals stark figures on gender pay gap and recruitment

03 Aug 2018

PCS responds to Office National Statistics figures by demanding the government take action over the gender pay gap and restore national pay bargaining 

The Office for National Statistics’ latest stats show that since March 2017, the civil service has grown by 10,500 – leading to a shift in the age profile of officials.

However longer-term, civil service employment has been substantially reduced since 2008.

There are now 95,082 (18.1%) fewer employees in the Civil Service than in 2008, when the figures were 525,157.

The union said the reason for the extra staff was an attempt by the government to deal with the challenges of Brexit.

Figures also show widening senior civil service gender pay gap and a continuing trend of reduced numbers at lower grades.

Reacting to the stats, general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “These statistics underline the damage being done to our civil service by cuts and the need to give staff a pay rise.

“Successive governments since 2004 have engaged in cuts that were deeply damaging to public services and which have led to a civil service that is 18% smaller compared to 10 years ago.

“It is clear the gender pay gap that still exists is down to institutionalised discrimination. The solution to this is a coherent set of pay arrangements at national level across the civil and public services. The government should provide funding, not only to give civil servants a hard earned pay rise after years of pay restraint, but also to eradicate the disgraceful inequalities that exist within the current system.

“With Brexit on the horizon it appears ministers are beginning to realise that they cannot deliver quality public services with no staff. This will be best achieved by a return to national pay bargaining across the civil service instead of the current 200 plus bargaining units which help fuel these inequalities.

“We urge the government to engage with us in meaningful negotiations on what a properly staffed civil service should look like. In particular, the government should be recruiting in revenue collecting departments. Those jobs would be self-financing and would significantly close the tax gap – strengthening the country’s finances.”

Please read the Civil Service World article here. 

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