Senior Salaries Review Body
The Review Body on Top Salaries (TSRB) was created in May 1971 and renamed the Review Body on Senior Salaries (SSRB) in July 1993, with revised terms of reference. The terms of reference were revised again in 1998 as a consequence of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review and in 2001 to allow the devolved bodies direct access to the Review Body’s advice and in 2003 to reflect new EU anti-discrimination directives and the need to include local/regional factors in their considerations.
The Review Body on Senior Salaries provides independent advice to the Prime Minister, the Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Defence on the remuneration of holders of judicial office; senior civil servants; senior officers of the armed forces; and other such public appointments as may from time to time be specified.
The Review Body also advises the Prime Minister from time to time on the pay and pensions of Members of Parliament and their allowances; on Peers’ allowances; and on the pay, pensions and allowances of Ministers and others whose pay is determined by the Ministerial and Other Salaries Act 1975. If asked to do so by the Presiding Officer and the First Minister of the Scottish Parliament jointly; or by the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly; or by the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales; or by the Mayor of London and the Chair of the Greater London Assembly jointly; the Review Body also from time to time advises those bodies on the pay, pensions and allowances of their members and office holders.
In reaching its recommendations, the Review Body is to have regard to the following considerations:
· the need to recruit, retain and motivate suitably able and qualified people to exercise their different responsibilities;
· regional/local variations in labour markets and their effects on the recruitment and retention of staff;
· Government policies for improving the public services including the requirement on departments to meet the output targets for the delivery of departmental services;
· the funds available to departments as set out in the Government’s departmental expenditure limits;
· the Government’s inflation target.
In making recommendations, the Review Body shall consider any factors that the Government and other witnesses may draw to its attention. In particular it shall have regard to:
· differences in terms and conditions of employment between the public and private sector and between the remit groups, taking account of relative job security and the value of benefits in kind;
· changes in national pay systems, including flexibility and the reward of success; and job weight in differentiating the remuneration of particular posts; and
· the need to maintain broad linkage between the remuneration of the three main remit groups, while allowing sufficient flexibility to take account of the circumstances of each group; and
· the relevant legal obligations, including anti-discrimination legislation regarding age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and belief and disability.
The Review Body may make other recommendations as it sees fit:
· to ensure that, as appropriate, the remuneration of the remit groups relates coherently to that of their subordinates, encourages efficiency and effectiveness, and takes account of the different management and organisational structures that may be in place from time to time;
· to relate reward to performance where appropriate;
· to maintain the confidence of those covered by the Review Body’s remit that its recommendations have been properly and fairly determined; and
· to ensure that the remuneration of those covered by the remit is consistent with the Government’s equal opportunities policy.
The Review Body will take account of the evidence it receives about wider economic considerations and the affordability of its recommendations.
For details of the Review Body Members, click here.
The SSRB is registered with the Information Commissioner as a data controller. Its registration number is Z590015X.
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