Magazine article Public Finance

Tax Staff Pay Harmonised with Rises

Magazine article Public Finance

Tax Staff Pay Harmonised with Rises

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Most of the Revenue & Customs department's 100,000 staff are to receive pay rises of 3%-4% each year until 2008 under a new deal that will eradicate large wage disparities.

After months of protracted negotiations, former Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise staff will be merged into a single pay system that will put an end to large salary differentials between civil servants from the two organisations.

Currently, even low-paid former Customs & Excise staff can earn up to £2,500 more for doing the same job as their new colleagues - a legacy of Whitehall's fragmented pay negotiation structures.

But many former Revenue staff will receive sizeable increases under a 'harmonisation' agreement that will place all staff into one of seven civil service grades.

The final pay offer was put to the new department's staff by R&C management last week and has received the backing of senior trade union negotiators, who had sought improvements on previous proposals, alongside commitments to harmonise grades.

If accepted, all staff will receive a three-year deal covering June 2005 to May 2008. …

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