Senior Salaries Review Body Economist and Member roles

Body: Senior Salaries Review Body
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Health, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: The role will be based in London. Some travel may be required.
Skills required: Business / Commercial, HR, Legal / Judicial, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: Full attendance for Review Body duties is expected. The combination of meetings and visits usually amounts to around 20-25 days per year, in addition to potentially being occasionally asked to lead on certain special remits for the Review Body. Members are expected to undertake some preparation for meetings and will normally receive papers in advance. The time commitment for the role is 20-25 days, for which you will receive £300 per day. This remuneration is treated as employment income and will be subject to tax and National Insurance contributions, both of which will be deducted at source under PAYE before you are paid. SSRB Members can claim reimbursement for reasonable travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on official business however these payments are taxable as earnings and will be subject to tax and national insurance, both of which will be deducted at source under PAYE before you are paid. In some circumstances, expenses may be grossed up by the department. Further details on this can be made available. The post is not pensionable.
Time Requirements: 20-25 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    15/12/2020 and 18/12/2020

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Rebecca Hedges

    Panel Chair

    Deputy Director, Civil Service Workforce Policy and Reward Team • Departmental Official

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  • David Fry

    Director, Office of Manpower Economics • Departmental Official

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  • Dr Martin Read CBE, MA, DPhil, FIET

    Chair, Review Body of Senior Salaries • Representative of Organisation

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  • Evelyn Asante-Mensah OBE

    Chair of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Governor Manchester Metropolitan University, Chair of Arawak Walton Housing Association • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

As a member of the SSRB, you will have the opportunity to work on a challenging agenda and gain unique insights into a cross-section of public service professions at senior levels. You will also have the chance to play a key role in the future direction of the SSRB helping to shape its thinking and recommendations.  The SSRB has up to 8 members from a range of backgrounds, who pool their collective expertise to inform discussions.

Whilst the Board’s Chair has overall responsibility for the performance of the Board, all members of the Board have an important individual and collective role in working with the Chair, to evolve the strategic direction of the body, to ensure delivery goals, and to ensure that it fulfils the governance, financial management, and efficiency standards required of it as a public body.

The role of member will involve;

  • Preparing for and attending the meetings of the Senior Salaries Review Body throughout the year
  • Making an active contribution to discussions drawing upon your skills, expertise and subject knowledge with an emphasis on providing constructive challenge to complex proposals
  • Building and maintaining strong professional relationships with key stakeholders
  • Representing the SSRB and conducting quality research and data collection through quality conversations with representatives of the remit groups, which will form part of the SSRB’s recommendations and report
  • Producing well-researched and evidenced-based recommendations for all the remit groups and undertaking additional projects of work as set out in the SSRB’s terms of reference
  • Adhering to the seven principles of Public Life
  • Complying at all times with the ‘Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies’ and with the rules relating to the use of public funds and to conflicts of interest set out in Managing Public Money
  • Not misusing information gained in the course of public service duties for personal gain or for political profit, nor seeking to use the opportunity of public service to promote private interests or those of connected persons or organisations

Board members will be expected to commit 20-25 days a year. Remuneration is a non-pensionable salary equivalent to £300 per day. Board members are appointed for a 3-year term.

Legitimate expenses, including travel and subsistence costs, will be paid. 

Person Specification

All candidates must demonstrate, in their CV and supporting letter, how they meet the following criteria, through their knowledge, skills and experience.

Skills/experience required

We are seeking to recruit two experienced non-executive Board members who can demonstrate competencies in the following areas:


  • Practical experience of remuneration, pay and performance management questions for Senior Staff, from an operational or strategic standpoint. 
  • Experience of working at senior board level, ideally in a large organisation
  • The ability to understand the different challenges faced by the SSRB’s remit groups, and the context within which public sector pay decisions are made
  • The ability to research and make judgements from complex data, and to contribute to workable recommendations on complex and sensitive issues;
  • The ability to gain respect and keep the confidence of other SSRB members, members of the remit groups, and very senior key stakeholders, including Ministers and senior Government officials, through effective communication and influencing skills;
  • Being able to demonstrate a sound understanding of and strong commitment to equal opportunities, public service values and the seven principles of Public Life, enabling you to act impartially and uphold the independence of the Review Body


  • Some experience of serving on a remuneration committee, or working knowledge of pay and reward systems.

 In addition to the listed skills and experience, the SSRB requires members with particular expertise and experience to meet the demands of the diversity of the body’s remit.

 Role One – Economist Member


You will have proven senior level experience and knowledge of applied economics. You will have experience, ideally as a labour market specialist, gained working at board level in a large organisation. You will be able to think strategically to exercise sound judgement. You will also have the:

  • ability to think strategically and to exercise sound judgement on complex and sensitive issues; and
  • ability to study and interpret detailed information, for example detailed policy proposals or statistical information;


  • An understanding of working in or engaging with the public sector

Role Two – Member


You will have senior leadership and management experience ideally gained working at board level in a large organisation.

  • You will be able to think strategically to exercise sound judgement. You will also have the:
  • ability to think strategically and to exercise sound judgement on complex and sensitive issues; and
  • ability to study and interpret detailed information, for example detailed policy proposals or statistical information;


  • An understanding of working in or engaging with the public sector

Additional Information

The Senior Salaries Review Body is an independent body which provides independent advice to the Prime Minister, the Lord Chancellor, the Secretary of State for Defence, the Secretary of State for Health and the Home Secretary on the pay of Senior Civil Servants, the judiciary, senior officers of the armed forces, certain senior managers in the NHS, Police and Crime Commissioners and chief police officers.

Since it was established in May 1971, the SSRB has gained a reputation as a highly respected pay review body. The SSRB continues to tackle a number of challenges: defence reforms may impact on senior military officers’ remuneration; the development of a new SCS pay framework; NHS reorganisation is changing the nature of the very senior remit group; and more recently, a major review of the judicial salary structure.

The Senior Salaries Review Body receives written and oral evidence from both the Government and representative organisations covering its remit. Other interested parties may also submit evidence. Pay review bodies weigh the evidence submitted and their own independent research to formulate recommendations on the remuneration of their remit groups. Their recommendations are submitted to the Government and, where appropriate, the devolved administrations. The Government’s response usually attracts extensive media coverage.

Consequently, the SSRB plays a highly visible and sensitive advisory role, for which the very best judgement and expertise is required. We are seeking applicants of proven ability, stature, and achievement who have a thorough understanding or rich experience of top manager reward and performance issues.

How to Apply

In order for us to progress your application please submit the following completed documentation:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae with your education, professional qualifications and full employment history
  2. An accompanying Supporting Letter (maximum 2 A4 pages) – setting out which role you are applying for, your suitability for the role and how you meet the essential and desirable skills set out in the person specification – please ensure your full name is clearly noted at the top of your letter.
  3. Diversity monitoring form (Google) you do not need to have a Google account to complete the form – any information you provide in Section A will not be used as part of the selection process and will not be seen by the interview panel. The form now includes questions about disability. Information to help answer these questions can be found on the Public Appointments website If you experience problems accessing the monitoring form please contact Katie James-Manning;
  4. Disability Confident – Offering an interview to disabled people declaration (if applicable)

Please send all the above required application documents to: Katie James-Manning;

Applications must be received by Monday 9th November 2020 by 23:59pm

We are not currently able to receive postal applications.

If you have any questions about any aspect of this post you are welcome to speak to Nicola Massally;

If you have questions about the appointment process, you can contact Katie James-Manning;

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As a Disability Confident employer, we will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. For more information please visit the Public Appointments website.

If you wish to indicate that you are disabled or have a long-term health condition, please complete the Disability Confident – Offering an Interview to Disabled People declaration in the supporting documents and send it with your application.

Flexible working practices

The Senior Salaries Review Body supports flexible working practices and as a national organisation has video conferencing available for communications between regional and central offices. However, its Board members need to be able to attend meetings and events, mostly held in London, on approximately 20-25 days a year.

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