Annal Nayyar – blogs-Public sector pay set to rise by 1% 2013-14

Pay for public sector staff such as NHS workers and senior civil servants will rise by an average of 1% from April, the Treasury confirmed this afternoon.

Ministers’ acceptance of recommendations from five public sector pay review bodies brings to an end the central government pay freeze in place since 2011.

The increase will be given to senior civil servants, doctors, dentists, all health service staff on the Agenda for Change pay scale, prison officers and members of the armed forces.

It is in line with Chancellor George Osborne’s pledge in the 2011 Autumn Spending review that increases would be capped at 1%.

 Today’s agreement does not apply to local government, where pay deals are set following negotiations between council employers and trade unions. Two proposals to end the three-year pay freeze in local government, with a maximum increase of 1%, are currently being examined by unions

Teachers’ pay is set according to the academic year, as opposed to the financial year. The Teachers’ Pay Review Body is expected to report back by the end of May.

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