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Police officers to receive pay rise

Written by on 2nd October 2018

Fancy joining the police? Officers in Scotland are set to receive a pay increase of 6.5%.

The increase will see salaries rise by £2300 for a mid-point Constable and the equivalent of an additional £6,000 in pay over the next 31 months.

It will also be backdated from September 1st, meaning payday will instantly get sweeter for those on the force.


In addition to the immediate pay, it will also address issues of inequality and anomalies in relation to pay progression.

The rise also brings with it a commitment to resolve issues relating to court and night shifts, and will offer financial stability and certainty over the period.

Susan Deacon, Chair of the Scottish Police Authority said: “I am pleased that through constructive dialogue we have reached agreement on an investment in pay that recognises the significant and valuable work that our police officers do in keeping the people of Scotland safe.

“Police officers represent a substantial portion of the police workforce and budget. This deal over a 31-month period provides both individuals and policing with certainty as we plan and implement the further transformation of policing to meet the needs of a changing Scotland.

“I am also mindful of the importance of the work which is underway with the Trade Unions to modernise pay, reward and conditions of all police staff. I am delighted that positive progress is also being made in this area.”

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said: “The pay award represents a significant and deserved outcome for police officers.

“I’m also pleased that progress is being made in negotiations on harmonising pay and reward for police staff.

“Every single day, our hard-working officers and staff are keeping people safe and demonstrating the highest levels of leadership and public service.

“They’ve done this consistently since the creation of Police Scotland, clearly showing that they are our most valued asset, so it’s only right that their dedication and commitment is recognised appropriately.”


Elle Duffy

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