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Departmental Pay

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to her answer of 7 April 2003, Official Report, column 44W, on departmental pay, if she will list the areas requiring further analysis to which her answer referred. [112319]

The main areas requiring further analysis are a full assessment of the impact of length of service in grade, and a more detailed survey of overtime arrangements. We expect to complete both exercises by the autumn of 2003. Other areas for further analysis in the medium term include the impact of qualifications, experience, overseas postings, career breaks, and secondments on rates of pay by gender, ethnicity and disability. We are currently introducing an electronic database which will greatly help with this further analysis. We hope to undertake it in early 2004 but the timetable is subject to employees providing the data and consenting to our access to it.