The postholder will have responsibility for oversight of four of the eight Review Bodies covering around 1.7 million workers and a pay bill of £75 billion a year. The role gives the chance to support and influence pay and remuneration for key groups of public sector workers. As one of three Deputy Directors in OME, you will be a key adviser to the chairs and members of four independent pay review bodies, and manage their strategic relationships with the sponsoring departments, the employer organisations, and relevant trade unions.
The NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) and Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) provide independent advice to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health, and Ministers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on the remuneration for doctors, dentists and all Agenda for Change staff working in the NHS. The Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) and National Crime Agency Remuneration Review Body (NCARB) give independent advice on pay and allowances to the Home Secretary and First and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland for police officers in England and Wales and Northern Ireland and NCA officers with powers across the UK. The post has considerable engagement with senior officials in DHSC and Home Office and with all the devolved administrations. HMT is also a key stakeholder.
The work involves:
• Gaining a unique insight into pay and industrial relations questions, including issues around productivity and value for money, in some key public sector workforces;
• Working closely with high calibre senior people from the public and private sectors, who serve as pay Review Body members;
• Accompanying review body members on visits to meet members of the remit groups where they work, and to hear directly from them about their conditions of service and the challenges of their jobs;
• Managing relationships with Whitehall Departments, including DHSC and Home Office, as well as with trade unions and other outside stakeholder groups at senior levels
• A high degree of personal responsibility.
The post holder is responsible, with their three small Grade 7-led secretariat teams, for supporting their Review Bodies to provide sound, well-evidenced independent advice to government, and meeting agreed deadlines for submitting reports to enable pay dates for public sector workforces to be met. The teams have a mix of staff from policy and analytical professions. A key priority is to build relationships with the bodies that provide evidence to the Review Bodies (normally government, employers and workforce representative bodies), listening to where they believe the Review Body can add value, influencing the development of remits and guiding the production of evidence and analysis to support the process.
As a member of the OME senior management team, the post holder will also be expected to play a part in leading the organisation, driving continuous improvement, and developing its staff and its organisational capabilities. We are currently reviewing how best to meet the needs of the Review Bodies to make the most of digital and hybrid working so it is possible that some responsibilities may change.
This post provides an excellent opportunity to work closely with senior figures from industry, academia and elsewhere, and to make a personal impact on public sector issues key to government performance and the management of the economy. The post holder will need to have the confidence and ability to influence decision making at senior levels and must have experience of working in the civil service. In addition, the post holder must have:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• The ability to analyse and interpret detailed information, for example detailed policy proposals or statistical information;
• The ability to build good working relationships, gain the trust of organisations inside and outside government and display leadership as set out in the CS Leadership Statement;
• Effective management and coaching of two small teams, which will include professional analysts as well as generalist staff;
• Good project management (there are tight and inflexible timescales) and organisational skills.
An interest in pay systems, labour market economics and employment law is desirable.
Please note: review body meetings will be held at the OME office in London, so travel to London will be required.