Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Bracing weather - the "double freeze": pay rises and increments

Today’s Financial Times reports on proposals from a group of NHS chief executives for a "double pay freeze" - that is, a two year pay freeze for staff earning less than £21k and a freeze on incremental rises which over two thirds of NHS staff enjoy. The good news would be a promise of no compulsory redundancies – the article notes scepticism over whether all NHS organisations could afford that guarantee.

Similar plans – whether or not the NHS proposal happens – may be seen elsewhere – perhaps in education where funding cuts for some organisations may be serious enough to require radical action but not so deep as to require compulsory redundancies.

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