My idea is a 50% reduction in the pay of senior civil servants (say, over £100K annual salary), and a reduction of a lower percentage on those from £40K to 100K.

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This is important because it would create a more equitable society and boost morale. It would ensure that people were in these posts for the right motivation.

by ThurstonArrowsmith on May 14, 2017 at 11:32PM

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  • Posted by judasegg May 15, 2017 at 10:11

    This is a ridiculous idea, for 4 reasons:
    1) Government pay isn't that good, and has already gotten worse with the "New Terms". Most people take jobs in government not for pay, but other motivations like flexi time, or pensions.

    2) If we did this, the de-skilled people (who've been in gov too long) would remain, but they would have zero morale.

    3) Those would haven't been de-skilled, or no longer have confidence in the stability of a government role, would leave. And those who decided not to, would have low morale.

    4) Everyone's motivation is money - because whatever the "right motivation" is that you speak of, doesn't pay mortgages or buy food.
  • Posted by dpfellows May 15, 2017 at 14:14

    Far better to reduce numbers to pay for pension blackhole. To do that would require 2,000 jobs to go but even half would cover the increasing costs over the next 5 years.

    Fewer, better paid, better performing public servants is more beneficial than just cutting pay.
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