Civil servants being "badly let down" on pay, new figures show

November 16, 2017

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Commenting on the latest Civil Service People Survey results, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said:
 
“Despite the turbulent political times we’re living in, it’s heartening to see that civil servants have increasing confidence in their managers, high levels of trust in their colleagues, and a real sense of pride in what they do. It’s also clear, however, that they’re being badly let down on pay at a time when their expertise is needed more than ever.
 
“Only a quarter of civil servants believe their pay is reasonable when compared to someone doing a similar job elsewhere, while just 30% believe their pay adequately reflects their performance. While politicians like to talk about generous public sector perks, the figures also tell a different story: since 2009 civil servants’ satisfaction with their total benefits package has fallen by ten points to just 34%.
 
“As the civil service grapples with the hugely complex challenge of Brexit while keeping vital public services running, ministers cannot afford to ignore the scale of dissatisfaction on pay any longer. The Chancellor must use next week’s Budget to ensure that all public servants are given a fair, fully-funded – and long overdue – pay rise.” 

Notes for editors
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