Garry Graham, deputy general secretary of Prospect which represents thousands of civil servants, responding to the InCiSE index ranking the UK as having the best civil service in the world, said:
“It is no surprise that our civil service has been judged the best in the world – it is obvious to me whenever I speak to our dedicated Prospect members. What is a surprise is that despite having the best civil service in the world the government continues to reward its civil servants so poorly.
“It is a good thing that our civil service performs to such a high standard because no peacetime government has ever been so reliant on its civil servants.
“As it blunders along with its sole focus on Brexit, civil servants are the only ones keeping the country functioning, yet they are still subject to a 1.5% pay cap - the worst deal in the entire public sector.
"It also really sticks in the throats of members that while their pay has been capped at 1.5%, this month MPs have received a consolidated and pensionable increase of 2.7%. Civil servants should be proud of their top rating - if there was a similar comparison of the performance of elected national legislators it is difficult to see the UK coming top of the league based on recent performance.
“It is time the government properly recognised the contribution being made by its public servants and gave them the decent pay rise they so richly deserve.”