Senior Civil Service (SCS) Pay Survey 2017 - now open

December 1st, 2017


As part of the FDA's ongoing campaign for a fair and fully-funded pay rise right across the public sector, we are once again calling on our members in the Senior Civil Service (SCS) to complete a short online survey giving their views on the current state of the SCS pay & reward system.
The anonymous survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, will be the central part of FDA's submission to the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) for its 2018/19 pay review.
As the SSRB is tied to a remit set out by the Treasury, it has previously been restricted from making recommendations outside the 1% pay cap. However, the Government confirmed in last month's Budget that the 1% cap was being removed, with ministers promising to take account of the review bodies' recommendations as they "consider appropriate pay awards depending on workforce needs and resources". By taking part in the survey, members will therefore be ensuring that the voice of the SCS itself is properly heard at this crucial moment for the future of civil service pay.
The Government's own figures show that the bulk of the SCS – Deputy Directors – are almost £14,000 a year worse off than they were in 2010, and now earn 46% less than their private sector counterparts – even when pensions are taken into account. The pay gap rises to an alarming 71% at Director-level. The SSRB has repeatedly called for a fundamental review of pay in the SCS and has previously highlighted problems with the recruitment of new civil servants, the retention of skills and experience, and low morale due to the current approach.
SCS members can click here to complete the short, anonymous survey and make sure that their experience of the civil service's pay & reward system is taken into account.