£16.3m for public pay offers

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A TOTAL of just over £16 million is to be spent on revised pay arrangements for government employees, the majority relating to pay rises of 2.9% for 2022.

Settlements were agreed in time for a ministerial decision to be signed by outgoing Treasury Minister Susie Pinel shortly before last month’s general election.

All pay groups were given a 2.9% increase, effective from 1 January this year, as well as a one-off payment of £500 per person, with the following exceptions:

– Junior doctors were awarded a 2% increase with effect from 1 April this year.

– Head teachers also each received an additional £450 in lieu of holiday.

The total figure of £16,371,000 does not include the cost of a pay settlement for teachers, as this deal was not finalised until a later date.

A government spokesperson said the package for teachers included a 2.9% rise, the £500 one-off payment plus one day’s additional leave.

One-off payments, referred to as ‘non-consolidated’, make up a total of almost £3m, with just over £13m in the form of ‘consolidated’ payments, which become ‘built-in’ to an employee’s salary.

No further comment could be provided, the spokesperson added, until the new States Employment Board had been constituted.

In a paper attached to the ministerial decision, it is stated: ‘This decision does not change the total amount of expenditure approved by the States in the Government Plan 2022-2025. The recurring impact of the consolidated element of these awards will be included in Government Plan 2023-2026.’

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