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Hutton Review of fair pay in the public sector

15 March 2011


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Final Report

Will Hutton has published the Final Report of his Independent Review into Fair Pay in the Public Sector, along with his recommendations to the Government.

He was commissioned by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor in June 2010, to make recommendations on promoting pay fairness in the public sector by tackling disparities between the lowest and the highest paid in public sector organisations. Mr Hutton has now presented recommendations for a Fairness Framework for Senior Public Service Pay.

Launching the Final Report, Will Hutton said:

"High quality public services are essential to our society and economy and high quality public services require high calibre leaders to deliver them, especially in difficult fiscal conditions. How we pay our public service leaders will have a crucial influence on the sort of public services this country will get.

It is essential that senior public servants are adequately rewarded for their contributions, and that the public service ethos – that sense of mission and public duty that motivates many to work in public services – is preserved and respected. But public trust in public services can only be maintained if senior public servants’ pay is fair and seen to be fair."

Key recommendations: A New Settlement for Public Sector Leadership

In his Final Report, Will Hutton makes recommendations for a new settlement for public sector leadership. Under this deal, senior public servants’ pay will be directly linked to their performance and will be explained transparently to the public.     

In return, public service leaders are entitled to expect improved public appreciation of the responsibilities of senior public service roles, and the ethos of public service that motivates them.

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