Status of Professional Civil Servants


    THE recommendations of the Emergency Executive Committee of the Institution of Professional Civil Servants, which it is claimed represents more than 30,000 members of all grades and classes of the professional, scientific and technical staffs of the Civil Service, for the post-war reconstruction of the technical Civil Service, are summarized in a pamphlet recently issued by the Institution (Pp. 4). Broadly, the proposals aim at common salary scales for all professional classes, and a high standard of recruitment and service conditions which will attract to the service of the State the best brains in Great Britain. Within the membership of the Institution there are more than five hundred grades, and the Institution takes the view that the calibre of the officer should be the touchstone in deciding remuneration and that there is no reason why fully qualified scientific workers, engineers, architects, surveyors, etc., should not be paid on common scales. The education of the fully qualified professional man has been such that it produces a man at least equivalent in calibre to the normal entrant to the administrative class, and accordingly the remuneration of the fully qualified technician or scientific man should be on a parity with that of the administrative class. It is proposed that there should be three classes in the Service, each class being normally divided into two grades. Above this basic structure there should be directing posts, the salaries of which would be fixed according to the responsibility of the post. The three classes are designated principal class, executive class, and ancillary class.

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