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Remuneration Group

When required, the Scottish Government Remuneration Group considers and approves staff pay remit proposals, as well as any new or revised remuneration proposals for chief executives, chairs and board members. The Group works under delegated decision-making powers agreed by the Permanent Secretary, the Executive Team and Scottish Ministers in relation to public sector pay policy.

The Remuneration Group's remit includes making sure a consistent approach is taken in the approval of pay remits for both staff and senior appointments, in accordance with public sector pay policy.


  • Chair: Hugh McKay, non-executive director
  • Director of Budget and Sustainability
  • Director of Health Workforce, Leadership and Reform
  • Deputy Director, People Advice
  • Head of Education Workforce Unit

Observer: Alex Paterson, Chief Executive, Historic Environment Scotland


Remuneration Group meetings for 2020 are as follows:

  • 16 January 2020
  • 2 March 2020
  • 19 March 2020
  • 23 April 2020
  • 28 May 2020
  • 25 June 2020
  • 23 July 2020
  • 27 August 2020
  • 24 September 2020
  • 29 October 2020
  • 19 November 2020
  • 10 December 2020

All papers must be with the Cabinet Secretariat three clear working days before the relevant Remuneration Group meeting and must be cleared in advance by Finance Pay Policy. Failure to meet this deadline will result in delays to the proposals being considered.