Survey reveals widespread dissatisfaction with civil service pay

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The PCS civil service union has highlighted the results of a survey that reveals low levels of satisfaction with pay across many government departments. In some parts of the Ministry of Justice, for example, only 12%-14% of workers were satisfied with their pay and only 21% in HMRC, the third largest government department, that deals with taxation. Dissatisfaction was even greater when workers were asked to compare their jobs with similar jobs elsewhere, reflecting the fact that the 1% pay cap remains in the civil service but has been lifted in other parts of the public sector. The PCS will be stepping up its pay campaign this year with plans for a mass consultation, targetting of ministers and department heads and the possibility of a ballot for industrial action.

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