Public Sector Pay Policy 2021/22 – UNISON statement and government documents

These documents relate to the Scottish Government’s public sector pay policy for 2021-22 which was announced alongside the Scottish budget today. The pay policy is set in the context of the Scottish Government’s spending plans for 2021-22. Documents which are posted below:

  • Public Sector Pay Policy 2021/22
  • Factsheet which summarises key aspects of the pay policy
  • Technical Guide. ( Still in draft, cross-references and the links have yet to be checked and updated and there might be some minor formatting changes)

These documents with further information are on the Scottish government website

Mike KirbyMike Kirby, UNISON’s Scottish Secretary said, on the Scottish government’s budget statement:

“We welcome the recognition for those on the lowest pay but 3% for those under £25k and 1% for those over falls short of a decent pay rise for public sector workers.

The pandemic has shown the vital role of public sector workers across Scotland. Whether in the NHS, local government, social care or our emergency services, their effort has been heroic.

The workforce need a pay settlement that recognises the sacrifice so many have made over the pandemic and starts to restore some of the reals terms pay cuts of the past decade and show how much the government values the role they play in Scotland.

Public sector workers live in communities across Scotland. They spend their wages in local shops and businesses helping which will rebuild our economy after the pandemic. There will be some hard discussions in the various negotiating groups”


thumbnail of Scottish Public Sector Pay Policy 2021-22

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