To mark yesterday’s day of protests against the civil service pay cap, the Public and Commercial Services Union released detailed analysis of what they describe as the government’s “ongoing attack on pay”.
Their analysis found that women have suffered the most in terms of lost earnings since 2010 with a total of £880,968,000. The civil service relies heavily on women as the majority of civil service workers are women (200,000 compared with 185,000 men) – and PCS’ analysis shows that many of them are losing out.
Male civil service workers have lost out on £818,092,000, and the Ministry of Defence is that department affected the most with workers there losing £144,936,000. Women lost more than men in HM revenue and Customs (£152,196,000 to £136,840,000) and the Ministry of Justice (£144,496,000 to £133,320,000).
PCS carried out the analysis using data from their own pay calculator as well as data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The average civil service salary of £25,000 was used to calculate that the average loss for each civil servant has been £4,400.
Workplaces affected most by the pay cap
PCS also compiled a list of the workplaces they say have been hardest hit by the pay freeze:
- Abbeywood in Gloucestershire – £30,580,000
- HMRC and DWP site, Benton Park View near Newcastle – £29,128,000
- DVLA in Swansea – £21,648,000
- Marsham Street in London – £15,136,000
- Ty Glas in Llanishen, Cardiff – £12,672,000
- 100 Parliament Street, London – £12,628,000
- HMRC Waterview Park, Washington – £11,440,000
- DWP Warbreck Hill Road, Blackpool – £11,176,000
- Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Victoria Street, London – £11 million
- Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff – £10,736,000
PCS has called for urgent talks with the Cabinet Office regarding their 2018 pay claim and demands for a fully-funded 5% pay rise, a Living Wage of £10 an hour, pay equality across the civil service and a common pay and grading structure.
Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary, said:
These figures are truly shocking. Civil servants have suffered years of pay freezes and caps. The figures show the true cost of austerity. This is money that should have been in members’ purses and wallets. It would have helped the local and national economy as members would have spent this on goods and services. Our members would not be investing this in off-shore accounts.
It’s time the chancellor got a grip on this situation. Our members can’t afford another year of this. He needs to act now.