Civil service turnover: Without fundamental reform, Government “will only repeat mistakes of the past”
Responding to the Institute for Government’s report Moving on: the costs of high staff turnover in the civil service, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said:
“This report from the Institute for Government rightly shines a light on the reasons why turnover in some critical areas of the civil service is too high.
"It also illustrates the true cost of this turnover: millions of pounds of taxpayer money and reduced efficiency.
“We welcome the recommendations that would enhance the role of HR across the service, drive greater data led analysis of turnover and address some of the strategic workforce planning weaknesses.
“The report recognises that stagnating pay progression has led to staff moving roles, as this is the only way to improve their salaries. However, the Institute for Government has failed to understand the history of pay in the civil service or the inherent flaws in the system, which were evident before the current period of pay restraint.
“Civil service pay has remained largely unreformed for 25 years. Staff turnover is only one of many problems that need addressing. A series of sticking plasters, focussing on a small select group rather than the broader weaknesses in the system, will only repeat the mistakes of the past.
“Fundamental reform of how pay systems operate - both in departmental bargaining and for the Senior Civil Service - is long overdue, having been stuck in the ministerial 'too difficult' tray for over a decade.
“Whilst the rest of the public sector has embraced the ending of the pay cap as an opportunity to drive reform, the civil service is once again the bottom of the public sector pay league.
“If ministers are serious about addressing the weaknesses identified in the report, root and branch reform of pay structures is essential. That inevitably requires a level of investment that the Treasury has consistently shown it is not prepared to fund.”
Notes for editors
- The FDA is the union for senior managers and professionals in public service, representing more than 18,000 members at grades HEO and above. Membership includes senior civil servants, government policy advisors, prosecutors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors and other professionals working across the Government and the NHS.
- The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".
- The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at www.fda.org.uk. General Secretary Dave Penman tweets as @FDAGenSec.
- For more information contact:
- FDA Communications Officer Tommy Newell on 020 7401 5588 or 07738 729 145 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
- FDA Communications Officer Laura Gilbert on 020 7401 5589 or email on email@example.com
Latest News from
Welsh Government must revise funding to save our museums10/08/2020 12:25:00
The Senedd’s Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee has now published its report on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on heritage, museums and archives in Wales.
Welsh Government must act to ensure national treasures remain accessible to all, says FDA27/07/2020 10:20:00
The FDA has called on the Welsh Government to invest whatever is needed to protect Welsh national treasures and to ensure everyone in Wales continues to have access to their cultural history.
Parliament's restoration and renewal programme 'must not be derailed by political point scoring', says FDA17/07/2020 14:48:00
FDA National Officer for the House of Commons, Helen Kenny yesterday responded to reports that the Prime Minister has asked officials responsible for the restoration and renewal project to consider relocating Parliament to York.
'All we are asking is for the judiciary to follow government guidance'- FDA writes to the Lord Chief Justice14/07/2020 15:38:00
As the recognised union for prosecutors working in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the FDA has raised serious concerns with the Lord Chief Justice over the approach taken by some judges to applications from prosecutors to appear in court remotely.
Culture sector rescue package highlights failure of current funding models07/07/2020 12:25:00
The FDA represents staff working in museums and galleries across the UK.
Departure of Sir Mark Sedwill: FDA response29/06/2020 16:20:00
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman yesterday responded to the departure of Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill.
FDA welcomes ‘historic moment for House of Commons’ as MPs put trust in independent process24/06/2020 16:20:00
FDA Assistant General Secretary Amy Leversidge yesterday responded to the House of Commons debate on establishing the new Independent Expert Panel to deal with complaints of bullying and harassment against MPs.
Response to DFID and FCO merger17/06/2020 12:25:00
FDA National Officer Allan Sampson yesterday responded to the announcement that the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are to merge
HM Courts and Tribunals Service is failing to ensure safety, says FDA15/06/2020 13:15:00
As the recognised representatives of prosecutors and managers in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the FDA has raised serious concerns with HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) about its approach to reopening courts across England and Wales.