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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13489: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it has reportedly confirmed a 3% public sector pay rise to the Scottish Fiscal Commission for 2018-19, but not subsequent years.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 10 January 2018

The Scottish Government has taken a progressive approach in our pay policy, delivering a 3% increase to all those earning up to £30,000; a limit of 2% on the increase in paybill for those earning between £30,000 and £80,000; and limiting the maximum pay increase for those earning above £80,000 to £1,600.

The policy also provides the flexibility for individual employers to use their discretion to reach decisions on pay progression and is underpinned by a commitment to pay the real Living Wage. We have also re-affirmed our unique position on no compulsory redundancy which is protecting public sector jobs and front line services.

While this is a one year pay policy, it sets an important direction of travel and, subject to available resources, we will aim to deliver a pay policy in future years that strikes the balance between affordability and offering a fair deal for staff.