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Civil Servants (Pay)

Volume 116: debated on Monday 11 May 1987

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what grades in the Civil Service are currently entitled to automatic annual pay increments; and how many staff this involves.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 May 1987]: Based on the non-industrial component of the official manpower count, but excluding single outside analogues (grades whose pay is determined by reference to pay rates in similar occupations outside the Civil Service), there are 1,149 grades in the non-industrial Civil Service.The 1,043 which have incremental scales accounted for 495,000 staff on 1 October 1986 (or 99ยท8 per cent. of all non-industrial civil servants). Of these, 284,000 staff are at the top of their scale, leaving 211,000 who may benefit from an increment in the coming year.The award of an annual increment is not automatic. Increments may be withheld or withdrawn on efficiency or disciplinary grounds.There are no incremental scales in the industrial Civil Service, which employed 92,700 staff on 1 January 1987.