FDA responds to Senior Salaries Review Body report


The Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) published its annual report on 21 April, including recommendations for senior civil service pay, to which the Government responded shortly afterwards.

The FDA issued a press release, which was reported by Civil Service World and Public Finance, stating that the SSRB and the Government had missed an opportunity to address senior civil service morale and retention in the long term.

General Secretary Dave Penman said: "The independent pay review body for MPs led the way last year in producing thorough, evidence-based recommendations that looked at all the issues, not just what would be acceptable to headline writers.

"Faced with similar evidence, the SSRB has once again proposed inadequate tinkering with the pay system for senior civil servants, despite knowing that the system has failed.

"With a gender pay gap that seems cast in stone, hundreds of senior civil servants being paid less than the staff they manage and external recruits being paid an average of £20,000 more a year, it's no wonder that morale and motivation levels remain subterranean.

"Yet once again, we have only concern and sticking plasters from the SSRB; no proposals for reform and no sense of urgency to which the Government would feel obliged to respond.

"The FDA called on the SSRB to be bold and our members called on it to address the unfairness. The Government cannot preside over a pay review system that is independent for MPs, yet wilfully ignore similar evidence when it comes to its own staff.

"The Government expects a lot from the leadership of the civil service: it's time they were able to expect a fair deal in return. If the review body approach cannot deliver, an alternative way forward needs to be found."

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