10/03/2010

Pay Review For Prison Staff

UK prison staff should receive a 1% pay rise, the Prison Service Pay Review Body recommended today.

The Body's report makes recommendations on the pay of governing governors and other operational managers, prison officers and related support grades in public sector prisons in England and Wales in 2010.

A 1% consolidated increase will be given to all prison workers.

An additional 0.5% rise will be given to senior officers (giving a 1.5% increase in total) to ensure a pay differential, which the Home Office said provides an incentive for prison officers to seek promotion.

There will be a 1% uplift to the Required Hours Addition (RHA), where payable, to Senior Managers D and Managers E to G.

Prisons Minister Maria Eagle said the Government values the "challenging, demanding and sometimes dangerous work done by prison staff".

"I confirm that the Government has been able to accept in full the Pay Review Body’s headline award recommendations, effective from 1 April 2010," she said.

"The award arising from the Pay Review Body’s recommendations is consistent with public sector pay as announced in the 2009 Pre-Budget Report."

National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Director General Phil Wheatley said:" I note the Pay Review Body’s recommendations this year and welcome the Government’s decisions to both accept the headline settlement and continue to support our progress on reform of NOMS pay systems and policies.

"This is challenging but it is in the long term interest of the service and staff that we press ahead with as much structured reform of our pay systems as we can within the budget that is available."

(PR/GK)

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