On the eve of International Women’s Day, ARC asks the Government to address the increasing gender pay gap

7 March 2014
(For immediate release)

The Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) is not surprised that recent research suggests senior female civil servants are paid an average of 5% less than men at the same grade, while the Government’s own evidence to the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) suggested that this was even greater at 5.4%. ARC is the trade union for senior HMRC staff and is a section of the FDA, the union for senior managers and professionals in public service.

ARC President Gareth Hills said:

“In HMRC, women in senior grades can be paid up to 8% less than their male counterparts for the same work. In addition, it is significantly more likely that men’s salaries are in the top quartile of the pay range and much less likely to be in the bottom quartile.

“The problem is exacerbated by HMRC’s decision to withdraw arrangements where employees advanced through the pay scales. This in turn is aggravated by successive years of pay freezes – started by the last Government and perpetuated by this one. What we see is that long-term pay policy in HMRC has had a disproportionately negative impact on women leaving them paid significantly less than men, often by thousands of pounds.

“The pay system in HMRC and across the civil service is distorted and dysfunctional. Where that results in challengeable equal pay issues in the workplace ARC and the FDA pursue cases through the courts. The union continues to press this Government - and the next - to hold a full review of civil service pay.” 
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.
• Kay Hender, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5589 or 07980 700747.