Around one million public sector workers to get pay rise

27 July 2018

“The 1% cap ended last year in recognition that dedicated public sector workers deserve a pay rise,” says the recent press release from the government. A balanced approach to the economy means that the increases are affordable within government spending plans:

  • Members of the Armed Forces will receive a well-above inflation increase of 2.9% (2% consolidated, 0.9% non-consolidated), with the award worth £680 in pay to an average soldier, plus a one-off payment of £300

  • The teachers’ award means the main pay range will increase by 3.5% (2% to upper pay range and 1.5% to leadership). Schools will determine how it is set

  • All prison officers will get at least a 2.75% (2% consolidated, 0.75% non-consolidated) increase this year, with many getting higher awards

  • A police award of 2% (all consolidated) will mean average pay for a constable will now be more than £38,600 per year

  • A pay increase of at least 2% for junior doctors, specialist doctors, GPs and dentists. Consultants will also get a pay rise of at least £1,150


The announcement is on top of good overall remuneration packages in place for public sector workers:

  • Public sector workers continue to benefit from better pensions than those offered in the private sector

  • Median pay for full-time employees in the public sector is £30,630 compared to £27,977 in the private sector

  • Pay awards are on top of performance and progression pay, which remains automatic for some workforces


Full details of the pay increases have been published on GOV.UK.