FDA supports PASC’s recommendation for a new approach to civil service pay

17 March 2015

The House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) has today called for a civil service pay and reward system that will retain people in jobs in which they are most needed.

The Committee has urged the Government to apply an approach of "finding more intelligent ways of solving problems and making efficient use of funding" to its policy on civil service pay.

It warns that "if this is not done the civil service will needlessly lose expensively gained skills and knowledge that it will struggle to replace."

 The Committees warning comes less than a week after the publication of the report of the Senior Salaries Review Body, which included an admission from the Government that "there remains some concern about our ability to recruit key staff of the right calibre due to uncompetitive reward packages and that we may not be able to hold onto talented people as the economy improves".

Commenting on the publication of the PASC report, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said:

"We welcome PASC's support for action on pay. The evidence for taking action is compelling if we are to avoid an "exodus" of the skilled and talented people most needed to deliver the new administration's challenging programme for Government.

"As PASC recommends, this needs to be a priority for the incoming Government in May".

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 19,000 senior civil servants, Government policy advisors, prosecutors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors and other professionals working across Government and the NHS.

2. 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".

3. The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at www.fda.org.uk.

4. The FDA's alternative White Paper - Delivering for the Nation: Securing a World-Class Civil Service - outlining our analysis of the challenges facing the civil service and our recommendations for change, can be read here.

5. For further information contact:

  • Rob O'Neill, FDA Assistant General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07764 655747.
  • Katie Lazell, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07939 257985.