Gavin Hinks, Accountancy Age, Monday 1 November 2010 at 10:42:00

Dismissals and disciplinaries revealed by the taxman


More than hundred people have so far been dismissed from HM Revenue &Customs this year for reasons other than poor performance, according to figurespublished in parliament.

Gauke was replying to a question from Tory MP Priti Patel about the number ofHMRC staff who were sacked for errors. A statement said that the department doesnot record ?error? as a reason for dismissal.

The numbers appeared in written answers from exchequer secretary David Gauke.They revealed that 116 people have been sacked for reasons other than poorperformance among 369 who have been disciplined. Performance related issues havelead to the sacking of 294 staff.

Last year saw dismissal for 402 people for poor performance. Another 633people were disciplined for other reasons, among them 158 who were sacked.

The Treasury also revealed the pay rates of senior management staff. Theaverage pay for someone at the highest Senior Civil Service grade is 86,199.Average pay for the lowest ?officer? grade is 25, 235.

There is a two-year pay freeze in place for everyone below SCS level whichruns from 2011 to 2013. SCS staffers have seen their pay frozen for 2010-11.

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