Where do digital professionals rank on the Whitehall salary league table?

Written by Jim Dunton and Sam Trendall on 3 September 2020 in News
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Education and training inspectors have the highest median pay packet

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Median salary statistics show that the typical pay packet for digital, data and technology ranks 16th out of 29 professions across government.

Annual figures from the Office for National Statistics find that the median annual wage for Whitehall DDaT employees stood at £37,060 in the 2019/20 year. This represents a 2.1% rise on the prior-year figure of £36,300.

Despite this increase, DDaT placed 16th for the second year in row.


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This year education and training inspectors – with a pay packet of £69,120, almost twice that of the DDaT profession – leapfrogged planning inspectors, lawyers and economists to claim the highest median salary in the civil service. 

Education inspectors saw their media wage rise almost £20,000; the hike put the specialists well above the £57,940 median salary paid to planning inspectors, the £48,300 earned by government economists, and the £47,990 median for legal specialists.

At the opposite end of the scale, staff responsible for the operational delivery of frontline services – who account for just over half of civil servants with a known profession – had the lowest median salary: £25,120. The figure is an increase of £640 on the operational delivery median for 2019.

The data revealed that the 2020 median salary for the whole civil service was £28,180, a 4.1% increase worth £1,100.

 

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Sam Trendall is editor of PublicTechnology

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