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Pay and benefits

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) operate a performance management scheme, as HMRC believe that there should be a direct link between performance and your salary.

There is currently a two-year pay freeze which applies to HMRC staff for grades below Senior Civil Service (SCS) in 2011-12 and 2012-13. This affects everyone earning more than the full-time equivalent of £21,000 a year. Those earning below £21,000 who get a 'good' or 'top' performance marking will get a pay rise.

Jobs are split into grades and each of these has a different salary scale as shown below. London salaries are higher than those for the rest of the country. Subject to the restrictions of the two-year pay freeze your movement up the salary scale each year depends on your performance in the job.

Pay Scales as at June 2011

Grade National Minimum* National Maximum* London Minimum* London Maximum*
Administrative Assistant 14,505 15,977 18,345 20,215
Assistant Officer 17,580 19,724 21,323 23,892
Officer 22,669 26,227 26,094 30,331
Higher Officer 28,636 32,622 31,900 37,105
Senior Officer 35,232 39,643 37,990 42,856
Training grade (graduate development programme) 27,045 39,946 29,256 43,192
Grade7 46,983 54,741 52,669 61,590
Grade 6 57,573 67,325 63,463 74,209

For details of the Senior Civil Service pay and structure please visit the Cabinet Office website (Opens new window)

Benefits

Benefits include:

  • Generous leave allowance. 22 days increasing to 25 after a year service and 30 days after ten years service.
  • Flexible working. Flexi-time is widely available, which means staff can vary when they start and finish each day, as long as they work their set hours.
  • Part time and term time working, depending on the needs of the office. Some offices operate early evening shifts which might be suitable for students or people with other commitments in the day.
  • Civil Service pension schemes. More information is available on the Civil Service Pensions website (Opens new window)
  • Training and development. HMRC offer induction and ongoing training to staff.
  • Childcare vouchers to all eligible members of staff across all of our 300 offices. These vouchers provide up to £2,915 a year (through a salary sacrifice scheme) which can be spent in a nursery of your choice.
  • Generous public and privilege holiday allowance. You get ten and a half public and privilege days in England and Wales (11 in Scotland and 12 and a half in Northern Ireland).
  • Sports and social facilities in some offices.
  • Interest free loans to enable you to spread the cost of your annual travel season ticket.