ARC welcomes minister’s comments on HMRC pay

7 November 2012
(For immediate release)

Treasury minister David Gauke's comments to the all-party Parliamentary group on business, finance and accountancy about appropriate reward levels for senior HMRC staff have today been welcomed by the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC). ARC is the union representing senior HMRC staff and is also a part of the FDA - the union for the UK's senior public servants.

Gareth Hills, ARC President, said: "ARC has consistently argued that there needs to be proper and fair review of how we reward our senior staff. These are the senior professionals who typically bring in 30 times their cost. These are the people who ultimately ensure that the country can afford to build schools and hospitals. To pay well below the market rate and expect to be able to recruit and retain the very best talent is not realistic."

Dave Penman, FDA general secretary, said: "The Government's reform plan published in the summer talked about a new deal for the civil service. It's time the Government grasped the importance of properly rewarding those tasked with some of the most complex and demanding jobs in the public sector. To do nothing risks a drain of staff to other parts of the economy, with its resultant loss of skills and corporate knowledge that will not be easily replaced.

"David Gauke's acceptance that the Government needs to grasp the nettle on pay is very welcome and we would urge him to join with the FDA in seeking to persuade his colleagues along the corridor in the Treasury that this is essential and in the public interest."

Notes for editors

1. The Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) is a union representing senior staff in HM Revenue and Customs, including tax inspectors, accountants, lawyers, managers and other leading professionals. ARC represents members in HMRC at grade 7 and above, and also trainees in grade 7 entry schemes. It is also a section of the FDA.

2. The FDA is the trade union and professional body representing 19,000 of the UK's senior civil and public servants. Our members include policy advisors, senior managers, tax inspectors, economists, statisticians, accountants, special advisers, government lawyers, diplomats, crown prosecutors and NHS managers.

3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".

4. For further information contact:

  • Gareth Hills, ARC President, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07870 592356.
  • Oliver Rowe, FDA Communications Manager, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07590 838696.