Two-tier public service pay system to end

Friday 18th October 2103

The end of the two-tier public service pay system, introduced when lower pay scales for new entrants were introduced at the beginning of 2011, will be announced soon with the publication of new unified pay scales.

The new scales will see post-2011 entrants ascend to pre-2011 scale points after two years, or less in some cases.  As a result, most staff recruited after January 2011 will be earning more than their current scale allows once they reach their third scale point. They will then ascend the same pre-2011 incremental pay scales as everyone else in their grade.

Many lower paid grades – including clerical officers and service officers – will see some benefit after one, rather than two, years.

Unified civil service pay scales are being compiled and the same approach is to be applied in other sectors to ensure there are unified pay scales across the public service.

As a result, all staff in any given grade will be on common pre-2011 pay scales, albeit with up to two additional post-2011 points added at the bottom of the scales.

The changes will apply to all staff who joined the civil and public service after January 2011, including those already in post. There will be no change for staff currently on the pre-2011 pay scales.

The new scales will reintroduce pay equity for young workers and other new entrants to the public service – a constant trade union demand since reduced pay scales were introduced.

IMPACT and other public service unions have been in negotiations on the issue since the Haddington Road agreement was finally accepted by a majority of unions. Haddington Road conceded the union demand that the two-tier pay system must end.