Corporate Governance Framework
15 - Gambling Commission staff
15.1. Within the arrangements approved by the responsible minister the Gambling Commission will have responsibility for the recruitment, retention and motivation of its staff. The broad responsibilities toward its staff are to ensure that:
- the rules for recruitment and management of staff create an inclusive culture in which diversity is fully valued; appointment and advancement is based on merit: there is no discrimination on grounds of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion, disability, community background or age
- the level and structure of its staffing, including grading and staff numbers, are appropriate to its functions and the requirements of economy, efficiency and effectiveness.
15.2. Any proposal by the Gambling Commission to move from the existing pension arrangements, or to pay any redundancy or compensation for loss of office under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme or an analogous scheme, requires the prior approval of the Cabinet Office. Proposals on severance must comply with the rules in chapter 4 of Managing Public Money and will require Treasury approval. The Gambling Commission must follow the processes set out in the DCMS "Guidance on Staff Exits".
15.3. Gambling Commission staff are subject to levels of remuneration and terms and conditions of service (including pensions) within the general pay structure approved by DCMS. These terms and conditions will be subject to an agreed annual pay negotiating remit and should be in line with the current Public Sector pay policy guidelines issued by the Treasury. The remit will be subject to the agreement of the DCMS. The Gambling Commission has no delegated power to amend these terms and conditions.
15.4. The Gambling Commission shall operate pay restraint, particularly in terms of senior salaries. Senior Gambling Commission leaders are expected to show leadership in this area. The Gambling Commission shall be subject to the terms issued each year by the Cabinet Office and the Review Body on Senior Salaries. For senior pay and bonuses above the thresholds set out in the 'Guidance for approval of senior pay' (PDF) (opens in new tab), the Gambling Commission must seek approval from the Secretary of State and the Chief Secretary of the Treasury.
15.5. The Gambling Commission is subject to the Procurement Policy Note 08/15 — Tax Arrangements of Public Appointees (PDF) (opens in new tab), and any guidance that may supersede it. The Gambling Commission shall not remunerate employees via special purpose companies or by means of any other tax avoidance devices. Senior staff with significant financial responsibility must be on the payroll, unless there are exceptional temporary circumstances, which must be agreed by the Gambling Commission Accounting Officer and not exceed a period of six months. The Gambling Commission is also responsible for ensuring that any temporary off-payroll workers employed are meeting their tax obligations.
Last updated: 27 February 2023
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