Welsh Government corrects iniquities of SCS pay system, says FDA

Wednesday 24 July 2013
(For immediate release) 
Commenting on the Welsh Government’s decision not to award variable pay to a small minority of the senior civil service (SCS) in Wales, FDA national officer for Wales Paul Neilson said:

“The FDA welcomes the Welsh Government’s decision. The move to a consolidated pay rise instead brings the SCS more in line with the pay arrangements of other civil servants.

“The FDA has consistently argued, both in its submissions to the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) and to the Hutton Review of Fair Pay in the Public Sector, that the SCS pay system is not fit for purpose. The lack of pay ranges and meaningful pay progression has led to disparities between those doing the same level of work. This is particularly true of those recruited from the private sector, who, on average, enjoy a 20% pay lead over the existing SCS to reflect the market value of the work they perform.

“Despite this, there has been a lack of political will to reform SCS pay, leading to the SSRB’s recommendations on this issue being ignored.

“SCS pay and conditions of service are determined by the Cabinet Office. However, the Welsh Government has shown that it has been willing to act, where it has the power to do so, to correct some of the iniquities of the present pay system. Hopefully departments in the wider UK civil service will follow this lead, encouraging the Cabinet to bring about the long-needed changes to make the SCS pay system more fair and transparent.

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. The FDA’s most recent submissions to SSRB can be read here. Our submission to the Hutton Review of Fair Pay in the Public Sector can be read here.

6. For further information contact:
• Paul Neilson, FDA National Officer for Wales, tel: 020 7401 5555.
• Kay Hender, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5589 or 07980 700747.
• Diana Ruthven, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07791 040394.