Working for the government has its perks: chilblains.
30% of lawyers working for the government want to leave within a year, an internal survey leaked to RollOnFriday has revealed.
More than 2,000 Government Legal Department employees took part in the organisation's survey, and if they have their way immense churn is on its way.
10% of respondents said they wanted to leave the organisation "as soon as possible", 3% more than last year, while 20% wanted to leave within the next 12 months, compared to 16% in 2021.
Just 32% said they wanted to carry on working in the government for at least the next three years. One senior GLD lawyer told ROF, "It's a shame there was no box to tick for 'I would leave tomorrow'".
Management provided commentary on the results, although it cited more positive figures than the ones displayed on the chart. The notes claimed that "7% indicated that they want to leave their organisation as soon as possible", rather than 10%, and stated that 15%, not 20%, wanted to leave within the next 12 months. Its figures also only added up to 98%.
When the discrepancy was brought to the GLD's attention by ROF, it indicated that it would investigate the difference between the statistics.
The reason so many staff want to walk is money, according to the survey. 81% said they felt pay did not adequately reflect their performance, and only 9% felt positively about their remuneration. Pay has been a longstanding sore point, and in its summary of the results even GLD management acknowledged that over 1,000 people said it was the one thing they would like to change in the next 12 months, more than five times the number of people who cited the next factor.
One source said a junior employee on a salary of approximately £23,000 was unable to afford to put her heating on for more than one hour a day. The source claimed that a senior lawyer was considering leaving to "retrain as a train driver as she would earn 10k a year more".
GLD management told staff, "we know there are challenges, particularly around the interrelated issues of pay and resourcing", and said it was continuing to press its pay case with the Cabinet Office and Treasury Ministers.
Government lawyers appeared pessimistic of a favourable result given the economic climate. An insider told RollOnFriday, "The head of engagement has sent an email thanking everyone for their feedback saying 'it makes it easier for everyone to do their jobs at GLD with a sense of purpose and pride'. I have absolutely no pride in GLD, no-one else that I know that works there does and it is a genuinely shocking place to work in most material respects".
A GLD spokesperson told RollOnFriday. "We are in no doubt about the strength of feeling around pay and we remain committed to pushing for improved pay, through our Pay Business Case, whilst at the same time continuing to examine all elements of our total remuneration package".
"The past year has shown the resilience of GLD as it has continued to deliver for the Government and citizens", said the spokesperson, adding that the survey scores "reflect the complex landscape we operate against".