The Civil Service Pay Agreement 2017: What You Need to Know
The Civil Service Pay Agreement 2017 is a landmark agreement signed between the government and civil service unions that outlines the pay and benefits of around 250,000 civil servants across the UK. The agreement, which was signed on 20 March 2019, covers a range of areas including pay, pensions, and development opportunities for civil servants.
Under the Civil Service Pay Agreement 2017, civil servants will receive a pay increase of 1.5% from 1 April 2017, with a further 1% increase from 1 April 2018. This means that civil servants at all levels will receive a pay increase that is higher than the rate of inflation, which is currently at 0.5%.
The agreement also provides for improvements to pensions for civil servants. From 1 April 2017, the minimum employer contribution to civil service pensions will increase from 15.9% to 16.4%, and from 1 April 2018 it will increase to 16.9%. This means that civil servants who are members of the Civil Service Pension Scheme will receive a more generous pension package than before.
The Civil Service Pay Agreement 2017 also includes a commitment to providing development opportunities for civil servants. This includes the introduction of a new Success Profiles framework, which will replace the existing competency-based approach to recruitment and assessment. The new framework will allow civil servants to demonstrate their skills and experience in a more flexible and tailored way.
In addition, the agreement includes a commitment to investing in the development of civil servants through a range of training and development programmes. This will help to ensure that civil servants have the skills and knowledge needed to deliver high-quality public services.
Overall, the Civil Service Pay Agreement 2017 represents a significant step forward for civil servants in the UK. With a generous pay increase, improved pensions, and a commitment to providing development opportunities, civil servants can look forward to a more rewarding and fulfilling career in the civil service.