Government Response to the National Crime Agency Remuneration Review Body Ninth Report 2023

Home Office written statement – made am ar 7 Chwefror 2024.

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Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly The Secretary of State for the Home Department

I am today announcing the government’s decision on pay for the National Crime Agency (NCA) for 2023/24, supporting the government’s manifesto commitment to strengthen the NCA.

The NCA Remuneration Review Body (NCARRB) report on pay for NCA officers at grades lower than Deputy Director for the NCA will be laid before Parliament today and published on Gov.uk.

I would like to thank the Chair and members of the Review Body for their work on gathering evidence from the NCA, the Home Office, HM Treasury and the Trade Unions, resulting in their detailed, comprehensive report. The Government values the independent expertise and insight of NCARRB and takes on board the useful advice and principles set out in response to my remit letter of 15 August 2023.

This Government is committed to supporting the NCA in its fight against serious and organised crime (SOC) and on 13 December 2023 announced its new five-year SOC strategy. The NCA plays a pivotal role in leading the SOC Law Enforcement system to disrupt and dismantle the most harmful organised crime groups operating in and against the UK. In particular I would like to highlight the key contribution of NCA officers towards disrupting the organised crime groups that facilitate small boat crossings. A strengthened NCA needs to be able to set clear strategic and operational direction and develop shared capabilities to drive efficiencies. A strong pay framework is vital to the NCA being able to deliver this role and maintain its operational performance.

SOC is evolving rapidly in both volume and complexity, and I have been clear that the NCA needs to transform to meet new and evolving threats, and to tackle the highest harm offenders, head on. Part of this transformation includes being able to attract, recruit and retain the right people, particularly those with technological skills.

I have accepted the Review Body’s recommendations in full. The award for 2023/24 is as follows:

  1. A total consolidated pay award of 7% in remuneration costs (IRC) for all officers Grade 1-6. The spot rates for Grades 1 to 5 and the minima and maxima of the standard pay ranges for Grades 1 to 6 will also be raised by 7%.
  2. A 7% increase to the London and South-East Weighting Allowance.

Building upon the NCA’s overall pay strategy and exceeding the historically high pay uplift given in 2022/23, this award represents the highest settlement the Agency has received in its history.

In reaching this decision, I have given due consideration to a number of factors including: the value NCA Officers add to the public by protecting them against the threat of serious and organised crime, the impact of inflation on Officer pay, and delivering value for the taxpaying public. The award will be fully funded within the NCA’s existing budget. I am positive that the award for NCA officers will support the Agency in its mission to disrupt and dismantle the most harmful organised crime groups operating in and against the UK.