Tue, 07 Feb 2023

Public Sector Pay Policy for 2022/23

Northern Ireland Executive
08 Dec 2022, 22 GMT+10

With the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2022 now in place, the Department of Finance has set out the process and guidance for the approval of public sector pay remits in 2022/23.

Pay awards must be affordable in the context of each Department's budget settlement as set out in the Secretary of State's Northern Ireland Budget for 2022/23.

With pay policy now in place for 2022/23, this will enable departments and public sector employers to engage with their staff groups to develop pay proposals for negotiation, agreement and implementation as soon as possible. 

Employers should be mindful of legal entitlements of individual staff groups and the established principles in previous years' pay guidance in relation to fairness, giving due regard and consideration as to how awards can be targeted to address low pay and the payment of the Living Wage as calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission.


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