The statutory consultation period between HMRC and PCS, which commenced on 15th November 2013 concluded on 15th February 2014. This briefing updates FTA members on the current position and provides advice on the next steps for members who wish to either remain in HMRC beyond March 2014 or to leave HMRC at the end of their current contract.
At the start of the consultation period 3,900 FTA members were at risk of compulsory redundancy. That number currently stands at 790, the majority of whom are willing to leave HMRC when their contracts end. During the consultation period we have worked closely with HMRC to secure 335 permanent jobs in DMB, 25 permanent jobs in B&C and 2,400 contract extensions of between 6 months and 2 years in duration across multiple lines of business and locations.
We understand that in total, 2,700 applications were received for 2,400 posts. This means that the overwhelming majority of members who applied for contract extensions will secure them. In many locations sifts will not be necessary but HMRC has committed to notifying all members of the outcome of their applications by 28th February 2014 at the latest.
Where members have not applied for a permanent job or contract extension, either because there were no extensions offered in their location or because they could not commit to the working hours on offer, then HMRC has committed to working with PCS to identify reasonable alternatives to redundancy wherever possible. Our shared aim remains to ensure that any FTA member who wishes to remain in HMRC will be able to do so beyond March of this year.
Next Steps for Members
If members have applied for either permanent posts or contract extensions then they will be informed whether their application has been successful or not by 28th February at the latest. No further action will be taken by HMRC until all of these applications have been sifted and notifications made.
If members have not yet applied for either a permanent post or a contract extension then HMRC plan to initiate the departmental dismissal procedures. Every FTA member in this position will receive a formal letter from HMRC on 21st February, notifying them of this and inviting them to attend a meeting with a decision maker. We would strongly encourage all members to attend this meeting, with representation from your local PCS representatives and to explain to the decision maker what your preferences are for either remaining in HMRC or leaving at the end of your contract.
HMRC has now confirmed that all FTA members leaving HMRC in March for reason of redundancy, and who have the necessary 2 years qualifying service, will receive the appropriate compensation award under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme. Further information about this scheme and any likely award made under it can be obtained from your line manager or the HR Service Centre.
If members wish to remain in HMRC then we would urge them to make this clear during their 1-2-1 discussion, highlighting any reasons why you have been unable to apply for one of the contract extensions offered so far, for example because no extensions were offered in your location or because your working pattern could not be accommodated. HMRC remain committed to working with PCS to avoid compulsory redundancy if at all possible and the outcome of these 1-2-1 discussions will inform our negotiations over the coming fortnight, where we hope to secure reasonable alternatives to redundancy for all members who want them.
Summary of PCS Advice
- Attend the 1-2-1 discussion which you will shortly be invited to
- Take PCS representation with you to this meeting
- Use this meeting to lay out your preference for either a) leaving HMRC with redundancy pay where appropriate or b) remaining in HMRC beyond March 2014
- If you wish to remain in HMRC, use the 1-2-1 discussion to highlight any offices within reasonable daily travel time of your home which you could travel to, the hours you can work each week – both the number and timing, and any other factors which HMRC would need to be aware of when looking for redeployment opportunities for you
Further information and guidance to members will be issued after the 1-2-1 process is complete.
Vicki Searle – Assistant Group Secretary
Paul Barnsley – National Officer