9 December 2020
Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones says the removal of the lowest pay point for sergeants may help encourage PCs to consider seeking promotion and career progression.
The Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) agreed to remove the lowest pay point on the sergeants’ pay scale and this came into effect with the annual pay rise on 1 September. This means there is a greater gap between the top pay point of the constables’ pay scale and the bottom point of the sergeants’ pay scale.
The change was made predominantly to attract more PCs into the rank of sergeant since some viewed the previous pay increase as insufficient to justify striving to attain the higher rank.
“I think this is a very positive step,” says Gareth, “I think it could make some PCs, who perhaps didn’t consider the lowest sergeants’ pay point made the promotion worthwhile financially, throw themselves into the promotion process.”
The following approach has been taken to implement the removal of the lowest sergeants’ pay point and to ensure there is no leapfrogging: