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Public Sector: Pay

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) overall paybill increase, (b) average basic pay and progression increase and (c) average performance pay of annual pay increases for (i) the civil service, (ii) local government workers, (iii) teachers and (iv) NHS staff was in each year since 1997. (156829)

[holding answer 10 October 2007]: Individual local authority employers determine local government pay. Pay for teachers and NHS staff is the responsibility of the Department for Children, Schools and Families and Department of Health respectively.

The setting of all aspects of pay and terms and conditions below the senior civil service was delegated to Departments and agencies in 1996. Information relating to the detail of average basic pay, performance pay and progression increases (questions (b) and (c)) is therefore not held centrally.

Table 1.9 of the 2007 Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (Cm 7091) includes details of administration costs paybill for the civil service. It should be noted that changes in paybill can be affected by a number of factors beyond pay increases for staff. These include changes in workforce numbers and composition, and the effects of employer contributions.