Good News; There’s an Expected Increase in the Pay of about a Million Public Sector Workers

In the past 10 years, no set of public sector workers have received any pay rise which parallels the imminent one to be provided by the government. This time, the armed forces will enjoy 2.9% extra while the prison officers get to see 102.75% improvement. The biggest winners here are the teachers who get up to 3.5% pay bump. A 2% increase will also be shared across police officers, GPs, and dentists.

This announcement is in tandem with the 1% pay cap that was scrapped last year after members of the union campaigned for higher increments in wages. The government has rightly announced that the increments were affordable based on the available budget and now, instead of the money coming from the treasury, the individual departments are responsible for funding the pay rise.

Only doctors and dentists in England enjoy this pay rise, while the prison officers, teachers, and police officers in England and Wales benefit from the increase. The whole United Kingdom enjoy the armed forces pay.

Below is a breakdown of the announcement.

The teachers’ deal which includes an increment of 3.5% is between £800 and £1,366 annually and this is for classroom teachers currently on the main pay range.

A pay grant of £508 will be provided to schools in order to cover the excesses and this will be drawn from the purse of the Department for Education Budgets.

Members of the armed forces will enjoy a pay rise of 2% which falls short of the 2.9% that is recommended by the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body. However, a non-consolidated payment of 0.9% will be made this year.

The implication of this is that on the average, a soldier will get an extra £680 as the pay and a one-time payment of £300 will be made.

Prison workers will also get a 2% increment with a one-time payment of 0.75%,

Consultants get a pay bump of 1.5% and junior doctors, specialist doctors, GPs, and dentists get an increment of 2%.

Several NHS staffs in Scotland received a 9% pay increase that was to be spread across three years. This was after a 3% increase was rejected by members of the union earlier.


Chart comparing public and private sector pay since 2010

An Analysis of the Public and Private Sector Pay

This comparison of the pay in public and private sect might prove difficult to manage as the public sector is filled with better-qualified staffs since the low-end jobs such as cleaning and security have been outsourced to the private sector.

But a close look at the graph above shows that the private sector enjoyed a faster growth from 2010. This can be attributed to the two-year freeze of the public sector pay and an eventual 1% cap.

The union has argued for pay rises closer to about 5% as this will cover the austerity measures which was created 8 years ago by the David Cameron government. It was also declared by the deputy general secretary of the Union that the government should be committed to above-inflation pay rises for all public servants.


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