Public Sector Pay Policy set for 2020/21

Date published: 02 September 2020

Finance Minister, Conor Murphy has determined the 2020/21 Public Sector Pay Policy.

The policy is a flexible one, and while pay increases must be carefully managed, there is scope to offer increased awards if they are affordable and enable essential public services to be sustainably funded going forward.

With pay policy now in place for 2020/21, this will enable public sector employers to engage with their staff groups and develop pay proposals for implementation and approval.

Key aspects of the Pay Policy include:

  • Pay proposals should adhere to a principle of fairness and consistency of treatment.
  • Pay awards, including any higher awards proposed will have to be found from within existing departmental budgets or funded through efficiencies.
  • Employers are encouraged to consider how pay awards for individual staff groups can be targeted to ensure the payment of the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage.
  • Pay awards can be informed by a range of factors, including recruitment and retention.
  • There is flexibility for higher awards in return for cash releasing efficiency savings through improvements to public sector productivity.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Pay Remit Approval Process and Guidance 2020/21 is available on our website.
  2. Pay awards will vary depending on the specific contractual arrangements of individual staff groups.
  3. Media enquiries should be addressed to the Department of Finance Press Office.
  4. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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