The proportion of civil servants wanting to leave the Ministry of Justice’s London headquarters ‘immediately’ has risen over the past year, the civil service’s annual people survey has revealed.
Latest results, published on Friday, show that 9% of staff at Petty France want to leave immediately, compared with 8% last year. The percentage figure for those who want to leave in the next 12 months remains the same (19%).
Fewer people want to remain at the ministry for at least the next three years – 33% this year, down two percentage points from last year. However, 39% want to work at the department for at least the next year, compared to 38% in the last survey.
One in 10 said they had personally experienced discrimination at work, slightly up on last year’s figure. The number of staff who have personally experienced bullying or harassment at work remains the same (9%).
Nearly half of staff (46%) at HQ do not think their pay adequately reflects their performance, including 19% who strongly feel that way. However, this is an improvement on last year’s results, where no one felt strongly that their pay adequately reflected their performance, compared to 6% who did think so this year.
Nearly half (46%) of respondents think the MoJ as a whole is managed well; 23% disagree. A third of staff think change is managed well; 38% disagree. Just over a quarter believe that changes made in the department are usually for the better; 43% neither agree nor disagree; 27% disagree.
More people this year agree are proud to tell others they are a part of the ministry (65% compared to 61% last year). Fewer people would not recommend the ministry as a great place to work (16% this year compared to 20% last year).
An MoJ spokesperson said: ‘As the survey shows, staff engagement has increased again this year and compared favourably with other government departments. Staff continue to feel a greater sense of pride in their work, but we are not complacent. We will shortly be drawing up individual action plans, and looking closely at how we can become a better employer.’
Results for the Legal Aid Agency show improved morale over the past year, with 18% of staff wanting to leave as soon as possible or within the next 12 months, compared with 20% last year.
A third want to stay at the agency for at least the next year, compared to 30% last year. The number of those who want to stay for at least the next three years remains the same (50%).
Slightly fewer people have experienced discrimination, with 8% saying they have this year, down one percentage point from last year. Last year 10% reported that they had personally experienced bullying or harassment at work; the figure drops to 8% this year.
More staff this year agree the agency as a whole is managed well (69% compared to 65% last year).
More staff also think changes in the agency are usually for the better (54% this year compared to 51% last year). Two-thirds of people feel proud when they tell others they are part of the agency, up two percentage points on the number of those who said the same last year.