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S5W-17901: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 31 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that all public sector staff receive the same or similar pay increases regardless of the department or service for which they work.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 16 August 2018

Our approach to setting our public sector pay policy reflects the value the Scottish Government places on its public sector workforce and underpins our drive to create a more successful country focussing on business growth, jobs and fair work. Leading by example we have taken positive steps to address years of austerity by being the first UK government to lift the 1% pay cap. We have taken in to account cost of living and affordability to deliver a pay policy for 2018-19. A policy which balances the need for fairness and consistency across all public sector workforces with the flexibility for individual bodies to address local pay issues, working to advance earnings growth, particularly for those on lower incomes.

The pay policy set the framework for pay negotiations on public sector pay increases for both staff pay and senior appointments within the Scottish Government and its Associated Departments, Executive Agencies, Non-Departmental Public Bodies and Public Corporations in Scotland over the period 2018-19, a combined workforce of 37,500. The pay policy provides a guaranteed increase for lower paid staff and a cap for the highest earners but allows individual employers the flexibility to apply variable increases to address local pay issues such as pay inequalities and/or recruitment and retention. Details of the 2018-19 pay policy and who it applies to are detailed on the public sector pay webpages: www.gov.scot/publicsectorpay