Prison Service Pay Review Body Member with Northern Ireland Expertise

Body: Prison Service Pay Review Body (PSPRB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: The role is based in London at the Office of Manpower Economics, Fleetbank House (7th Floor), 2-6 Salisbury Square, London EC4Y 8JX.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £300 per day
Time Requirements: 20 days per year. Members will be expected to undertake around three or four visits a year to prisons across England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    Noon 12pm 31st July 2019.

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    12/03/2020 at 12:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role of the member

As a member of the review body you will have responsibility for working collaboratively to:

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

Members have a responsibility for working corporately, with the guidance of the Chair of the review body, 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.


  • There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK. You should normally have been a resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years prior to your application.
  • You should not be employed in the UK civil service.
  • Candidates for the PSPRB post who are members of other Review Bodies may apply, but would need to resign their current position if they were appointed
  • The appointed members should be available for Review Body duties from October 2019.



Person Specification

Essential criteria

  • High degree of analytical intelligence including the ability to understand and interpret complex, qualitative information including, economic and statistical data, and to develop evidence-based, workable recommendations;
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and stakeholder engagement skills. Ability to gain respect and keep the confidence of others through effective communication and influencing skills, and confidence to challenge opinions where necessary;
  • Able to demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal conduct – including a strong commitment to equal opportunities, to act impartially and to uphold the independence of the Body;
  • A record of significant achievement operating at a strategic level within a complex organisation;
  • A good understanding of the broader political context and community concerns in Northern Ireland;and
  • You must demonstrate 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 an unionised environment.
    • Experience of financial management at a high level in a private, public or third sector organisation with a multi-million pound annual budget.
    • Experience of board or equivalent level management responsibility in a public, private or third sector organisation.

Additional Information

If you have any questions about any aspects of this post, you are welcome to contact Martin Williams –

How to Apply

Please send your CV, personal statement and supporting documents to: quoting reference PAT150075 in the subject line of your email by 31 July. We will acknowledge receipt.

  • A CV (maximum two sides of A4) detailing your qualifications, employment history and any appointments or offices you hold. Please also provide your preferred contact number and email address.
  • A personal statement (maximum two sides of A4) providing evidence against the role criteria and your suitability for the post. Please consider the role and criteria carefully in preparing your statements. Information from Advisory Assessment Panels indicates that applications which offer specific and tailored examples against the criteria, making clear the candidate’s role in achieving an outcome are often the strongest. Structuring the statement around the criteria using relevant headings also aids clarity.

Supporting Documents

Please also complete and return the following supporting documents:

  • potential conflicts of interest: You should declare any actual or potential conflict of interest. The Advisory Assessment Panel may wish to explore these further with you if you are shortlisted for interview. Conflicts might arise from a variety of sources such as financial interests or share ownership, membership of, or association with, particular bodies or the activities of relatives or partners.       If you need further advice, please contact Amira Aufogul at
  • note of public appointments – please list any appointments currently held;
  • referee details – please give names/contact details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
  • the political activity declaration form – in line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, details of any declared activity will be made public if you are appointed; and
  • the equal opportunities monitoring form – information is requested for monitoring purposes only and plays no part in the selection process. It will be kept confidential and will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel.
PSPRB-Candidate-Infomation-Pack1 2019
Conflicts of Interest and Reference form- Applicant
REVISED Diversity Monitoring form - Applicant
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