Public sector workers to receive above inflation pay rises

21 July 2020

In recognition of the vital contributions that public sector workers have made, particularly during the outbreak of coronavirus, Rishi Sunak has confirmed that they will receive above inflation pay rises this year. This will encompass doctors, teachers and police officers, amongst others.

The increase will benefit approximately 900,000 workers, and the largest rises will be awarded to teachers and doctors, who will see increases of 3.1% and 2.8% respectively. Police and prison officers will see their pay rise by 2.5%, whilst the Armed Forces will receive a 2% uplift.

Speaking on the subject, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak said:

“These past months have underlined what we always knew – that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can rely on them when we need them.

It’s right therefore that we follow the recommendations of the independent pay bodies with this set of real-terms pay rises.”

Independent pay review bodies have recommended the awards, and the government has this year accepted the headline recommended rise for each workforce. The increases for the armed forces, prison officers, senior civil servants and NHS staff work will be backdated to April 2020, but the pay rise for police and teachers will apply in September to reflect the pay year September – August.





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