2% increase on pay scales for NI Civil Service announced

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Friday, May 8th, 2020

The Department of Finance has announced implementation of the 2019 pay award for NICS staff, which is effective from 1 August 2019.

The retrospective pay award provides a two per cent increase on pay scales.



A formal offer, which was agreed by the Executive and is in line with the 2019 Public Sector Pay Policy, was made to recognised trades unions on 18 March 2020.

Some trades unions’ ability to properly and fully consult their members has been hampered by the Covid-19 crisis.



Given the exceptional circumstances, the Finance Minister has made the decision to proceed to implement the pay offer made.

In parallel, there is a need to progress public sector reform.



This will include more agile working practices, new approaches to recruitment and selection for jobs in the Civil Service, improvement to the management of sickness absence in the NICS.

It will have a particular focus on mental health, expansion of the NICS diversity and inclusion programme, and completion of the harmonisation of terms and conditions between industrial and non-industrial staff.



The 2019 pay award will cost £23.5m, including contractual progression up pay scales for eligible staff, and will be funded from within existing departmental budgets.


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