27 September 2023

UNITED KINGDOM: Salary boost for digital specialists

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Digital specialists working in the UK Public Service are set for a boost in pay.

Senior officials working in seven digital roles will be among the first to benefit from a planned pay overhaul under which salaries will be set based on specific skills and roles.

The reforms, proposed last year, are intended to reward high-performing officials and encourage people to stay in their jobs longer.

Under the reforms, the majority of Public Service professions would fall under Group A, which covers “Civil Service-wide professions”.

A small number of what the document calls “market-facing” positions constitute Group B.

Workers in these roles would be eligible for higher than guideline pay ranges to ensure their Departments are able to recruit in-demand skills.

Group C would be made up of niche roles, particular to just one or a few Departments, which could include roles in medicine, inspectors of education and tax professionals.

Under the plans, the target pay levels would be set though business cases to be submitted by Departments.

Business cases would be expected to set out recruitment problems caused by current pay rates and that the additional pay would be part of “a long-term pay solution rather than a tactical fix”.

Once approved, Departments would be given flexibility within this year’s overall pay award to give pay rises to PS staff in the agreed roles who currently earn less than the proposed range.

London, 17 May 2019

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