FDA welcomes fair pay review

16 May 2010
(For immediate release)

The Government's announcement of a review led by Will Hutton to look at public sector pay has today been welcomed by the FDA. The FDA is the union representing senior public servants.

Jonathan Baume, FDA General Secretary, said:

"The FDA welcomes the Government's imaginative decision to ask Will Hutton to chair a Fair Pay Review to consider the relationship of pay for senior public servants to that of more junior staff.

"The FDA repeatedly called on the previous Government to address concerns about the extent to which market failures in the private sector create pay pressure in the public sector, which we hope Mr Hutton will examine. Despite promises and reviews, no meaningful reform has been delivered for senior pay in the civil and public services. We hope this announcement will lead to a full examination of the many issues that need to be addressed.

"Further, establishing pay differentials in the public sector in which both public servants and taxpayers feel confident will over time help establish fairer pay in the private sector.

"We also welcome the Prime Minister's pledge to honour performance pay awards for Senior Civil Servants (SCS) this year, although many departments have already reduced the awards below the level set by the Senior Salaries Review Body. This performance pay system was established by the last Conservative Government in 1996 and enhanced by Labour in government. The awards are one-off payments, which do not count towards pensions, and the money has come from reducing overall SCS salary levels.

"The FDA has repeatedly called for the replacement of these awards by fairer salaries. We would oppose any move to simply cut the money from the pay system overall, but welcome the opportunity to consider afresh how a pay system for Senior Civil Servants can deliver fair pay and incentives within the context of Will Hutton's review."

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union and professional body representing 18,000 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.

2. Members in HMRC are represented by the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC), a section of the FDA.

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:

  • Jonathan Baume, FDA General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07976 951191.
  • Oliver Rowe, Communications Manager, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07590 838696.