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Scottish Government Public Sector Pay Policy 2016-17

Scottish Government Public Sector Pay Policy 2016-17

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ISBN: 9781785449192

Sets out the parameters for pay increases for staff and senior appointments with settlement dates in the year between April 2016 and March 2017 (inclusive).

Executive Summary

The Scottish Government's Public Sector Pay Policy sets out the key parameters for pay increases for staff pay remits (employees of public bodies covered by the pay policy) and senior appointments (chief executives, chairs and members) to Scottish public bodies (and other appointments by Scottish Ministers). It applies to public bodies with settlement dates in the year between April 2016 and March 2017 (inclusive).

The key features of the 2016-17 pay policy are:

  • an overall 1 per cent cap on the cost of the increase in the baseline paybill (for those earning more than £22,000).
  • continuing with specific measures for supporting the lower paid, including providing for a minimum pay uplift of more than 1 per cent.
  • flexibility to use paybill savings to consider meaningful restructuring of pay and grading systems to address evidenced equality issues.
  • maintaining the suspension of non-consolidated performance related pay (bonuses).
  • retaining discretion for individual employers to reach their own decisions about pay progression (limited to a maximum of 1.5 per cent for senior appointments) outwith the 1 per cent cap of the baseline paybill.
  • continuing the expectation to negotiate extensions to No Compulsory Redundancy agreements in return for new or continued flexibilities.
  • continuing the expectation for a reduction in the remuneration packages for all new Chief Executive appointments.