Prison Service Pay Review Body Member with Trade Union Expertise (PAT160058)

Body: Prison Service Pay Review Body
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing
Location: Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL
Skills required: HR
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £300 per day
Time Requirements: Up to 20 days per year for a tenure of five years.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    12/09/2022 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift

    Week Commencing 24 October 2022

  • Final Interview Date

    Week Commencing 12 December 2022

  • Announcement

    March 2022


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The PSPRB are independent of Government, the Prison Services and trades unions and are one of eight independent Pay Review Bodies. The others cover the Armed Forces, Doctors and Dentists, the National Health Service, School Teachers, Senior Salaries, the National Crime Agency, and the Police.

The role of the PSPRB is to provide independent advice on the remuneration of governors and operational managers, prison officers and support grades in the Prison Services of England and Wales, and Northern Ireland, providing reports and recommendations to the Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. Northern Ireland reports and recommendations separately to the Minister of Justice, Northern Ireland.

The PSPRB’s remit covers around 28,000 staff in England and Wales and 1,300 staff in Northern Ireland.

The Review Body currently has six members (including the Chair) – individuals who have senior-level experience on pay and related matters from the private, public or third sectors. Together they provide a pool of knowledge and experience of labour market, industrial relations, personnel and pay issues.

Overview of PSPRB Role and Terms of Reference

During the autumn PSPRB visits prisons to meet members of the remit group and in the winter through to summer the PSPRB receives written and oral evidence from both the Government and representative organisations covering its remit groups. PSPRB then weighs the evidence and its own independent research to formulate recommendations on the remuneration of its remit groups.

It then submits its report to the Government. Review Body Reports are available from The Stationery Office and also on the OME website at:

In reaching its recommendations the Review Body must take the following into account:

  • The need to recruit, retain and motivate suitably able and qualified staff considering the specific needs of the Prison Service in England and Wales and the Northern Ireland Prison Service;
  • Regional/local variations in labour markets and their effects on the recruitment and retention of staff;
  • Relevant legal obligations on the Prison Service in England and Wales and the Northern Ireland Prison Service, including anti-discrimination legislation regarding age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and belief, and disability;
  • Government policies for improving the public services, including the requirement to meet Prison Service output targets for the delivery of services;
  • The funds available to the Prison Service in England and Wales and the Northern Ireland Prison Service as set out in the Government’s departmental expenditure limits; and
  • The Government’s inflation target.

The PSPRB must also take the following into account:  

  • The competitiveness of the Prison Service in England and Wales with the private sector, and any differences in terms and conditions of employment between the public and private sectors taking account of the broad employment package including relative job security.
  • The economic and other evidence submitted by the Government, staff and professional representatives and others.

The PSPRB may also be asked to consider other specific issues.

Person Specification

The role of the PSPRB Member

Key Responsibilities:

As a member of the PSPRB you will:

Work collaboratively to:

  • Assess the evidence of the parties (government and trade unions); and
  • Contribute effectively to the PSPRB’s consideration of its annual recommendations to government under the guidance of the Chair.

Work corporately, with the guidance of the Chair, to:

  • Consider the parties’ written evidence, views and proposals;
  • Take oral evidence from the parties;
  • Assimilate information and data on pay, policy, economic, workforce and financial matters;
  • Weigh evidence and undertake independent analysis;
  • Meet groups of staff and managers/leaders; and
  • Formulate conclusions and make recommendations to government.


Essential Criteria:

  • Experience of working at a senior level in a trade union and a good understanding of how trade unions function and work.
  • An ability to scrutinise, interpret and analyse complex, qualitative information including, economic and statistical data, and offer well developed, evidence-based, and workable recommendations;
  • Ability to work at a strategic level within a complex organisation;
  • Highly developed inter-personal communication and influencing skills, with an ability and confidence to develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Evidence of high standards of corporate and personal conduct – to act impartially and uphold the independence of the PSPRB; and
  • You must evidence at least one of the following:
    • A sound understanding of the policy, financial and operational factors affecting pay decisions and pay bargaining in the public sector; or
    • Experience of financial management at a senior level in a private, public or third sector organisation.


Additional Information

There must be no employment restrictions, or limit on your permitted stay in the UK.

Tenure: Public appointments are offered on a fixed term basis. We do this to ensure that the leadership of our public bodies is regularly refreshed and that the PSPRB can benefit from new perspectives and ideas.

The appointment will run for five years with the possibility of reappointment for a further term subject to satisfactory appraisal and at the discretion of Ministers.

In line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, there is a strong presumption that no individual should serve more than two terms or serve in any one post for more than ten years.

Remuneration, Allowances and Abatement:

The remuneration for this post is £300 per day, with the time commitment of up to 20 days per year.


Remuneration is taxable and subject to Class 1 National Insurance contributions.

The role is not pensionable and in some circumstances your remuneration may be abated if you receive a public service pension – you will need to seek advice from your pension provider on this.  Reasonable standard travel expenses will be payable.

Travel and subsistence expenses are paid for journeys from home to the OME offices, however, these expenses are taxable at the Members tax rate. Travel and subsistence allowances when Members are required to travel and/or stay away overnight for the purposes of prison visits are claimable but not taxable.


The PSPRB’s offices are located at the Office of Manpower Economics (OME).  The post holder will normally be based at the OME offices (London), Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL.

Performance Appraisal: You will be assessed annually on performance by the PSPRB Chair.

Standards in Public Life: Public appointees are required to uphold the Committee on Standards.  Seven Principles of Public Life You are also expected to adhere to the  Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies

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