Civil Service job switch - Mark Time?

Hello all, 

I'm looking for some advice regarding a job offer I received today. I currently work within the civil service and have been offered a new job in the Foreign Office. The new role is in an area of politics that I have been desperate to move to for a very long time, I feel it would be a much more interesting role and it also involves moving location which would also be a benefit to me.

The negative is that it would mean taking a 3k pay cut. I'm aware of a "mark time" policy within the civil service which means when an individual moves to a new post and his current basic pay exceeds the maximum of the pay range of the new role, HMRC honours the salary to prevent an immediate drop in pay, this is time limited for 2 years.

I am of course going to email to check if this will be the case but I would be interested to know if anyone has any experience of mark time pay. Does it depend on the department or should this occur automatically if you are moving to a new role and in this situation?

Thank you 


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