asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of dissatisfaction among married women clerical officers in the Civil Service who, after compulsory retirement on marriage, are re-employed on a temporary basis; that married women retained in the service enjoy the same status, salary, etc., as the unmarried, while those who have rejoined are paid at a lower rate and have no prospect of increments, even where the break in the service has lasted only a few months and where their present duties are similar to, or more skilled than, those they performed before the break; and whether, in view of the importance of encouraging the war-time employment of skilled married women, he will reconsider the matter?
§ Sir K. Wood
Representations on this point have been made to me by the responsible Staff Associations. Women who retired from their Civil Service posts on marriage, and have been re-employed temporarily during the war, are temporary staff and are, accordingly, appropriately employed at the rates of pay agreed with the staff associations for temporary staff. A special exception is made in the case of those who continue their service without break, but I do not think it would be justifiable to extend this exception further.