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By | Paul Kunert 25th February 2013 16:59

Wages frozen, jobs at risk. Now Capita ITS shifts pay reviews to 1 April

Staff need a laugh, but this is no time for pranks

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Workers at Capita IT Services (CITS) have been warned their annual reviews could be moved to the same date... April Fool's Day.

After an austerity-focussed 2012, during which salaries were frozen, bonuses shelved and 1,000 staff put at risk of redundancy, the upcoming pay review for employees is no laughing matter for many.

In a note to staff, seen by The Channel, CITS said it is consulting with workers on the 1 April date.

"For the majority of us, pay reviews currently take place on the anniversary of our start date. Carrying out an isolated pay review process as we have done is time consuming and produces a pay bill which is difficult to control," the firm stated in the memo.

Unifying the pay date across the business will let CITS bosses "prioritise spending across teams consistently while ensuring that overall team performance is linked directly to the pay review".

The integrator, which has acquired numerous firms including Ramesys and Computerland, told staff the "ad hoc approach" may have created "unfortunate delays" in processing reviews in previous years.

The 30-day consultation period on the review date change ends in the middle of next week. ®

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