When the government announced its two year pay freeze I asked some questions and pointed out that different departments had different ideas about what constituted a pay freeze. Whilst some thought it meant not paying individuals more, others thought individuals could still move up within grades and receive seniority or performance related enhancements. I suggested to Cabinet Office Ministers they might like to come up with a common definition and enforcement across the civil service.
Today’s FT reveals that they did not, and explains how some departments are more generous than others. I am in the process of collecting information to write on the general topic of public sector pay, but now find the FT has done some of the work for me which is most revealing. The net result of the pay freeze is public sector pay is increasing at around the same slow rate as private sector pay overall.