Cost of increasing Scotland’s public sector pay-bill by 1%: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/03697  
Date received: 8 December 2018
Date responded: 11 January 2019
Information requested

You asked for ‘the cost of increasing the whole of Scotland’s public sector pay-bill by 1%’. 


The cost of a 1% increase is around £160m, based on 2018-19 data.

In line with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) classifications for the devolved public sector in Scotland, this figure covers the following workforce groups:



Police and Fire Services

Further Education Colleges

Scottish Government, Other Public Bodies, Public Corporations (but excluding Registered Social Landlords)

Local Government

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