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Media update: 29 January 2013

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29 January

Today's Guardian reported the results of the FDA's SCS survey, showing that the morale of two-thirds of senior civil servants is so low that they are considering leaving their job.

FDA general secretary Dave Penman was quoted, predicting "an exodus of talent" from the public to the private sector when the economy improves, due to public criticism from political figures and the widening pay gap.

Penman said: "The members who responded are Britain's most senior public officials. If they are talking about this level of dissatisfaction, and pay in the private sector continues to rise while public sector pay is frozen, the government is at serious risk of losing people it cannot replace.

"The jobs that these people do are highly specialised and in some cases carry much responsibility - some are managing tens of thousands of staff. How will ministers replace such specialised people if they are criticising senior civil servants and public sector pay remains static?"

Read the full article:
Two-thirds of top civil servants are ready to quit jobs
The Guardian

The story was also reported on the Civil Service World website:

Morale dropping in SCS as dissatisfaction over salary packages rises

General interest

29 January

Tensions escalate in civil service debate
Financial Times

28 January

Ministers renew battle to control top Civil Service jobs
The Times
(Please note that the full version of this article is behind a paywall)

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