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Civil Servants: Living Wage

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN 95962, tabled on 24 November 2022

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of civil service staff working are paid a rate equivalent to the real living wage, broken down by Government Department.

Answered on

1 December 2022

In the majority of Government departments, at least 98% of staff earn a rate equivalent or greater than the 2021/22 Voluntary Living Wage (£11.05 if based in London, or £9.90 if based outside of London), as at 31 March 2022. In all departments the proportion is over 90%.

Table 1: Percentage of civil servants earning at or above the Voluntary Living Wage in March 2022 by Department

Departments (including agencies)

% at or above the VLW

Attorney General’s Departments

98.8%

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

99.6%

Cabinet Office

99.7%

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

100.0%

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

99.9%

Education

≥99.9%¹

Transport

92.5%

Health and Social Care

99.5%

International Trade

≥99.9%¹

Work and Pensions

100.0%

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

99.5%

HM Revenue and Customs

100.0%

HM Treasury

99.5%

Home Office

98.6%

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

99.4%

Defence

96.3%

Justice

98.5%

Other²

99.1%

Scottish Government

100.0%

Welsh Government

100.0%

¹ Exact figure suppressed due to low numbers

² Other includes staff in Government organisations not listed separately (CC, CMA, COD, ESTYN, FSA, HMLR, NCA, NIO, OFGEM, OFQUAL, OFSTED, OFWAT, ORR, SO, TNA, UKEF, UKSA, UKSC, WO)

Figures are based on the centrally held numbers and salaries of civil servants collected in the Annual Civil Service Employment Survey as at March 2022, and may differ from those provided by individual departments. Civil servants located outside the UK or with an unreported location (6,995) or without a reported hourly rate (an additional 150) have been excluded. Percentages are calculated on a headcount basis and rounded to the nearest percentage point, due to the rounding a very small number of employees in departments listed as 100% may earn below the Voluntary Living Wage.

Answered by

Cabinet Office