Public sector pay policy 2024 to 2025

Public sector pay policy for the year 2024 to 2025 sets out the framework for pay increases and applies to public bodies with settlement dates in the year between 1 April 2024 and 31 March 2025.

Multi-year Pay Policy Framework

Pay metrics must balance flexibility with fairness and affordability.

This pay policy sets out a multi-year framework from 2024-25 to 2026-27. This would offer pay metrics above forecasted levels of inflation.

Public Bodies covered by the Pay Policy have the option of following the metric for 2024-25, or agreeing a 2-year or 3-year pay deal in-line with the metrics outlined in the table below.

Pay Metrics Framework
Year 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27
Pay Metric 3% 3% 3%
Pay Metric Structure 2% from April, 1% from January 2% from April, 1% from January 2% from April, 1% from January
CPI Inflation* 2% 2% 1.7%

*Source: Average of Bank of England May 2024 Monetary Policy Report and OBR March 2024 Economic and Fiscal Outlook

Agreeing a multi-year deal, where Scottish Government, employers and Trade Unions can utilise the certainty and opportunity afforded by a multi-year deal to plan for and transform our public services to improve outcomes for the people of Scotland.

The cumulative impact of the pay metrics over the 3 year period is 9.3%, compared to forecast CPI inflation of 5.7%.



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