Staff salary scales

Information about pay scales in the UK Parliament

29 June 2016

The IPSA website has a lot of information about pay scales and other matters in the Staffing section.  Here is the relevant page (MPs staff paybands 2016-17).

MPs’ STAFF SALARY RANGES: 2016-17

London Area

JOB FAMILY

MINIMUM SALARY 2016-17

MAXIMUM SALARY 2016-17

Administration 1 (Junior Secretary)

17,170

25,048

Administration 2 (Senior Secretary)

21,000

31,311

Administration 3 (Office Manager)

30,000

41,748

Executive Support 1 (Caseworker)

19,000

29,224

Executive Support 2 (Senior Caseworker)

23,000

32,354

Research 2 (Parliamentary Assistant)

23,000

34,442

Research 3 (Senior Parliamentary Assistant)

33,000

43,835

 

Non-London Area

JOB FAMILY

MINIMUM SALARY 2016-17

MAXIMUM SALARY 2016-17

Administration 1 (Junior Secretary)

15,000

22,961

Administration 2 (Senior Secretary)

18,000

28,180

Administration 3 (Office Manager)

26,000

38,617

Executive Support 1 (Caseworker)

16,000

26,093

Executive Support 2 (Senior Caseworker)

19,000

29,224

Research 2 (Parliamentary Assistant)

20,000

31,311

Research 3 (Senior Parliamentary Assistant)

30,000

40,704

For full details of the rules, please refer to Chapter 7 of the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses, and Section 10 of the Guidance – available at www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk.


Earnings-related increases are still not awarded automatically;  if your Member doesn’t make arrangements to increase your pay in line with the new scales, the onus is on you to ask him/her for an adjustment.   At present there is no obligation on Members to comply.

However, there is a clear obligation on your Member to review your salary annually.   Here’s what it says in the standard permanent contract:

Your salary of £……….  per annum will be paid monthly in arrears by IPSA. I will review your pay annually at the end of the financial year. There is no contractual obligation to increase your salary. Payment will also continue during any Dissolution of Parliament. All allowable expenses necessarily incurred by you on my behalf in the performance of parliamentary duties will be reimbursed on production of necessary receipts subject to any applicable guidance issued by IPSA from time to time.

If you are feeling a little wary of tackling your boss about the annual review, don’t imagine you are alone.   Lots of staff find this a difficult issue to raise.   If you need a little moral support this might be a good time to join the Union; see the TGWU parliamentary branch page here.