How has the week been for everyone? It has been quite a quiet one for new roles this week, which is probably down to the next phase of transfer from Capita to Alexander Mann happening on Monday (30th July 2018), so we should start to see the roles picking back up again over the next couple of weeks when more of the government departments are transferred over.
In the news earlier this week, it was announced that 1 million public sector workers were going to receive their biggest pay rise in nearly 10 years. The 1% pay cap of last year will be scrapped following campaigns by unions for higher wage rises.
The pay rises will include a 2.9% pay rise for the armed forces, 2.75% for prison officers, up to 3.5% for teachers and 2% rise for Police, GPs and dentists. Although, the pay rises for doctors and dentists will only apply in England, the pay rises for prison officers, teachers, and police officers will apply in England and Wales. The pay rise for the armed forces will apply throughout the whole of the UK. The individual departments will have to fund the pay rises rather than the money coming from the treasury. The government has said the increases are affordable within the spending plans.
The teachers’ pay deal means a rise of 3.5%, which is worth between £800 and £1,366 per year for teachers on the main pay range. Overall teachers in England and Wales will receive pay rises between 1.5% and 3.5%. For England the money will come from a grant from the existing Department for Education budgets and will receive £508m over two years, whereas in Wales, they will have to rely on money from the devolved government.
The pay rise for members of the armed forces is 2%, which is just under the 2.9% which was recommended by the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body, but will be supplemented by a one off payment of 0.9%. It works out the average soldier will get £680 in pay and a one off payment of £300.
Prison workers will get an annual 2% pay rise with a one off payment of 0.75%, making it the total pay rise of 2.75%. Junior doctors, specialist documents, GPs and dentists will have an increase of at least 2%, with consultants getting a pay rise of 1.5%.
Pay rises in Scotland are different to England and Wales, whereas back in June the NHS staff in Scotland were offered a 9% pay rise spread across three years, although a 3% pay rise for teachers in Scotland was rejected by the unions earlier in the year.
Both the public and private sector have seen their pay rising, although the private sector has been growing more rapidly and over took the public sector back in 2014. The public sector pay froze for 2 years back in 2011, which was then followed by 1% caps. The public sector pay is still slowly increasing but not at the same speed as the private sector. It’s great to see the public sector pay rises happening, but it would be even better if the rises could be higher to keep up with the private sector.
Have a great weekend.