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Problems with recruiting High Court judges prompts 3% salary increase

MoJ cites shortage of suitable Family Division candidates

The Ministry of Justice has proposed that High Court judges should receive an increase in salary of 3%, raising their annual income from £178,000 to over £183,000.

In its written submission to the Review Body on Senior Salaries, the MoJ stated that there is evidence available suggesting an emerging problem with recruitment and retention of High Court judges. The proposal of a 3% increase aims to mitigate this risk by awarding this group an additional uplift in pay.

The MoJ notes in particular:

"In the context of compelling anecdotal evidence about the current remuneration package putting off suitable candidates from applying for High Court posts, the department considers that the failure to attract sufficient appointable candidates to the Family Division in 2014/15 suggests an emerging problem in High Court recruitment."

For more details, see the report in The Guardian. The MoJ's evidence is here and the covering letter here.