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Pay Settlements

Volume 932: debated on Thursday 26 May 1977

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he will list the groups of public sector employees in whose pay settlements his Department is involved; whether these settlements are at national or local level; which of these settlements are usually influenced by the findings of the Pay Research Unit, and how: and what the percentage increase in the earnings of each group in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

The Civil Service Department is involved in a large number of public service pay settlements, but its primary involvement is at national level in pay settlements for non-industrial and industrial civil servants. For the bulk of the non-industrial Civil Service, pay negotiations have in the past usually been based on the findings of the Pay Research Unit putting into effect the detailed recommendations in the report of the Priestley Royal Commission (Cmnd. 9613). The findings of Pay Research Unit do not cover industrial civil servants; the Higher Civil Service, whose pay is subject to recommendations by the Top Salaries Review Body; or some small groupings of non-industrial civil servants, such as teachers, whose pay is linked to that of the profession outside the Civil Service. The information specified by the Question is not available in the precise form requested, but the average levels of increase in basic pay in annual terms for the years 1974, 1975 and 1976 were approximately 7 per cent., 26 per cent. and 9·8 per cent. for non-industrial civil servants, and 9·5 per cent., 29 per cent. and 11·8 per cent. for industrial civil servants.