Pay 2007

Speculation is rife about the size of Fujitsu’s 2007 pay “pot”. The company is currently refusing even to reveal it to their UK Consultative Forum (UKCF) unless the employee reps agree to keep it secret from the staff they represent.
The only “fact” available is that Fujitsu suggested to Amicus in Manchester a pot of 2% cost of living + 0.5% performance related, with nothing at all for promotions. At a time when profits are high and rising, and inflation is over 4%, this would be the lowest pay pot since 2003. If true, this would be more accurately described as a “crock” than a “pot”. No wonder HR would want to keep it secret!
The quoted “pot” figure is worth far less than it appears. The company expects more of us each year to avoid a poor appraisal and paltry pay rise. When we take on more work or improve our skills, the money still comes out of the same pot. To put it another way, the more work we take on, the less is left for genuine pay rises.
This principle was recently illustrated by the news coverage of government’s pay offer to nurses. The offer was an increase of just 1.9%, but ministers claimed it was worth 4.4% once annual “progression” rises were included. In other words, the real figure was 2.5% less than the figure including “progression”.
Amicus published a story about Bodgit & Scarper PLC that explained how this scam works.
So what would a Fujitsu “pay crock” of 2.5% really be worth?
Between the 2005 and 2006 company accounts, Fujitsu Services Holdings PLC reported the average employee salary (globally) rose by 2.1%. The employees of this company correspond very closely with what most of us know as “Fujitsu Services”. This was in a period when the official pay pot was claimed as 3%.
But there’s a big variation from role to role:
– The package for the highest paid director went up 29% between 2005 and 2006 (the last figures available).
– The D1-4 scales for Fujitsu helpdesk staff have only risen £250 a year since the last millennium – less than one pound a day.
– Median Fujitsu pay actually went down between 2006 and 2007 for some roles, including TSM/1, TSM/3 and SDM/1.
– Median Fujitsu pay rose by less than 2% between 2006 and 2007 for some roles, including PRO/SPM, TSM/2, TSS/4, MAN/1, DEV/3, SDM/2 and CSA/3.
The Amicus Manchester group intends to do a paper mailing to members nationally in the near future including detailed pay data they have obtained using rights arising from union recognition.
Don’t forget that the HR guidelines for managers carrying out the April 2007 pay review (affecting most UK employees) now say:
Individuals may request details of this internal comparator information relating to their own role from their Manager. Managers should provide the information requested with an explanation of how the comparators are constructed and used.
This is an important victory, which has only come about because of tenacious campaigning by Amicus members over several years.
If you have any pay or benefit comparator data, please feed the results back to your reps so that Amicus can build up a general picture of Fujitsu pay and benefits. This in turn will help Amicus provide you with better information, advice and support.
It’s worth comparing the general sorry picture on Fujitsu pay with what’s happening on Fujitsu’s Reuters account, where Amicus is recognised and has overwhelming membership. Negotiations lasted about ten minutes and resulted in an offer of 3% cost of living plus 0.5% performance related. This offer is now being considered by Amicus members on the account.
Fujitsu will continue to get away with annual real-terms-pay-cuts until staff get better organised.

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