Public sector pay policy 2021-2022 (superseded)

This was the original pay policy document as announced on 28 January 2021. Following negotiations during the passage of the draft Budget Bill, a revised pay policy document was issued in March 2021.

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Senior Appointments

The pay policy for senior appointments governs the remuneration (salary, pay range, annual increase or review, non-consolidated performance payment (bonus) and other non-salary rewards, etc.) of:

  • Chief Executives of Non-Departmental Public Bodies and Public Corporations, etc.
  • NHS Scotland Executive and Senior Management posts.

This pay policy also governs the remuneration (daily fee rates, annual uprates or reviews and any pension arrangements, etc.) of:

  • All public appointments (Chairs and Members) to Scottish public bodies;
  • Non-Executive Directors of the Scottish Government and its Agencies and Associated Departments;
  • Chairs and Board Members of NHS Bodies;
  • Appointments to Tribunals, Appeals Boards, Advisory Committees and Inquiries; and
  • Ad hoc review or working groups, etc. under the auspices of Ministers.

Pay Metrics

The following sets out details of each of the key pay metrics which apply in relation to the Pay Policy for Senior Appointments in 2021-22.

Pay increases and thresholds

Up to 1 per cent pay increase for all Chief Executive appointments, except where the current salary is £80,000 and above, in which case the pay increase will be limited to £800.

The 1 per cent pay increase will also apply to the daily fees for Chairs and Members of Scottish public bodies up to £307, above which a maximum increase in daily fee will be limited to £3 per day.


Progression increases for Chief Executives covered by this pay policy are limited to a maximum of 1.5 per cent.

Non-consolidated performance related pay

Access to non-consolidated performance related pay (bonuses) is again suspended in 2021-22. The policy expectation is that any bonus arrangement in a Chief Executive's contract will be removed when an appropriate opportunity arises (on new appointment or following a review).



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