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Membership subscriptions


Who is the FDA for?

FDA membership is available to staff in all government departments, agencies and arm’s-length bodies who are either:

  • Grades HEO (or equivalent)and above;
  • On the Civil Service Fast Stream scheme, or equivalent training schemes;
  • Working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) at any grade.

We have members from across the public sector, and across the country. Whether you work in policy or operations, Leeds or Belfast, HR or finance, the House of Commons or the Ministry of Justice, you can become part of the FDA.

How much does FDA membership cost?

 We charge monthly subscriptions on a sliding scale, based on your salary and your grade.

Grade 7 and above

Annual Basic Salary   Monthly Subscription  
Up to £15,500  £6.50
£15,501 to £33,500  £13.35
£33,501 to £47,000  £26.05
£47,001 to £70,500  £28.50
£70,501 to £88,000  £30.85
More than £88,001  £33.75

FCO staff pay according to their salary (with the exception of HEO and SEO grades).

Legal trainees and Assistant Statisticians receive their first six months free, then pay according to their salaries.

HEO, SEO and equivalent

Hours/week Monthly Subscription  
Up to 24 £8
24 and above  £16.50

Apprentice Economists receive their first six months free, then pay according to the Keystone rate.


Fast Stream and equivalent grades

Including Assistant Economists, trainees in HMRC and Ministry of Defense, and staff on the Treasury’s graduate scheme.

Period Monthly Subscription  
First six months FREE
After six months £12

Associate membership

For those leaving/retiring from the civil service.

Hours/week Monthly Subscription  
N/A £3.99

Are you a manager working in a health or care organisation?

You can join Managers in Partnership, our independent joint venture with Unison.         

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FDA, 93-95 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1NL