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New Northern Ireland Civil Service statistics reveal pay rose by 3% in the last year

A new report from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) has revealed the average basic salary for civil servants here is £24,728.

The latest pay statistics report published today also says Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) pay rose by 3% in the last year.

Some 97% of staff received a pay rise between 2013 and 2014, with a number of those in executive officer roles seeing an increase of 3.9%.

And NISRA says there has been a narrowing of the pay gap between men and women.

Key findings of the report include:

The average basic salary of Northern Ireland Civil Service staff is £24,728, an increase of 3.0% from 2013.

A basic salary of £18,180 would put someone in the bottom of NICS staff, whereas a basic salary above £39,675 would put someone in the top 10% of NICS staff.

While 97% of staff received an increase in basic salary between 2013 and 2014, there was a large variation across the grades in the level of salary increases.

For example, 51% of staff who were not on NICS pay scales, the majority of whom were prison grade staff, received no pay increase.

By contrast at the executive officer levels over 95% of staff received pay increases between 2% and 3.9%, as did over 70% of staff at administrative officer level.

At senior civil service grade level, 90% of staff received pay increases between 2% and 3.9%.

Between 2013 and 2014 the average basic salary of senior civil service staff increased by 3.2%.

The median basic salary of NICS staff at administrative assistant and administrative officer grade levels was higher than that of civil servants at the equivalent levels in England, Scotland and Wales.

By contrast, the median basic salary of NICS staff at senior civil service grade level was lower than the median basic salary of their counterparts elsewhere in the UK.

There has been a narrowing of the gap between men and women's pay since 2013.

The median basic salary of female staff is 1.1% lower than that of male staff, down from the 2.2% gap reported in 2013.

But analysis of pay differences within grades presents a more complex picture.

Among the general service and analogous grades, the largest gender pay gap is at administrative officer level where male median basic salary is 6.4% below female median basic salary.

By contrast, at deputy principal level men’s median basic salary is 4.6% above women’s median basic salary.

NISRA said differences of this kind can arise from a complex range of factors, of which typically the most influential is the length of time that staff have been in their grade.

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