Use our pay calculator to pile pressure on government

13 Nov 2017

Tens of thousands of people have used the PCS pay calculator but we want more of you to get involved, use it and share your result with chancellor Philip Hammond to keep up the pressure on him to lift the 1% public sector pay in next week’s budget.

The calculator makes a simple analysis of the impact of inflation on a civil servant’s salary over 7 years, assuming that they have received a 5% pay increase over that time. It then estimates the effect that the pay cap will have on the value of their pay if the cap continues until 2020 (using government estimates of inflation).

Once you’ve made your calculation you can email it, via our website, to the chancellor and your constituency MP and on share it on Twitter and Facebook. More than 5,700 members have already contacted him.

Huge losses

Our members have used the calculator, and then downloaded one of our calculator cards to show how much they will have lost over 10 years if the cap stays in place until 2020. Some of our branches have also calculated total losses for their workplace, which for some run into hundreds of thousands and even millions of pounds.

Last week our general secretary Mark Serwotka wrote to the chancellor to urge him to end public sector pay misery and fully fund above inflation pay rises for all public sector workers. He called for urgent talks to resolve the “growing crisis of public sector pay”.

Now is your chance to make sure the chancellor receives even more pay calculator messages from members. Get online – it only takes a few seconds – and then share your calculation and describe to him how much the pay cap has impacted on your income and quality of life.

Send us your calculation and tell us why you need a pay rise. Include a selfie of you holding your calculator card with your lost income written on it. When emailing the chancellor you can also copy in your MP, so let us know their response, too.


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