A recent survey by Prospect of 8,000 professionals and specialists working in the civil service showed that:
- • 48% think that their pay is unfair
- • 57% of specialists think that their skills are not rewarded fairly
- • 53% think that they are paid unfairly relative to the private sector
- • 62% of these think that lower pay is no longer compensated by job security and other benefits.
“It also correctly points out that top pay has risen faster and to higher levels in the private sector, and asks the question is it right that only the public sector is committed to fair pay?”
Hutton’s preference is for a maximum pay multiple – pegging the highest and lowest pay levels in an organisation. Prospect, said Ferns, believes that this approach could have some benefits, though a ratio of 20:1 would have little effect in the civil service.
“It is essential that wider issues affecting pay fairness, including pay discrimination and a decent living wage, are addressed at the same time.
“Our members believe that a fair pay framework must also address factors including equal pay, career and professional development, opportunities to use their expertise, a better work/home balance, and the positive value of public service.”