Will Hutton’s pay review: the missing questions
Despite running such a vast and well-funded organisation, we were shocked to discover we’d missed the deadline for submitting evidence to Will Hutton’s Review of Fair Pay in the Public Sector.
One welcome aspect of the review is that it will probe at least a little into private sector pay too. Nevertheless there seems to be gap in its terms of reference and list of 20 key questions: the issue of pay differentials in private companies providing services to the state.
We’ve sent the following request to the review:
I apologise for having missed the deadline for submissions. However I am concerned that there is an area central to your inquiry which is not covered by the 20 questions listed in your call for evidence.
This is the issue of pay differentials within private sector organisations providing services to the public sector. As more services are outsourced, it becomes meaningless to focus on pay within public sector organisations without looking at private contractors.
In addition, private contractors are not subject to the same rules of transparency, nor covered by the Freedom of Information Act. The review needs to look at this disparity, as basic information about pay is a prerequisite for further action or analysis.
I do hope that it is not too late to consider these important issues.