UK

Pay Rise Confirmed For Military Personnel

The 2020/21 salary increase will take effect later this year and will be backdated to April.

British military personnel are to receive an above inflation pay rise of 2%.

Personnel will see the rise implemented in their September pay packets, with it being backdated to April 2020.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) says it brings the total pay rise over the last three years to 7%.

This year's announcement follows a salary increase for personnel in 2019, when servicemen and women were given a 2.9% pay rise.

The increase means starting salaries for an officer will increase by £545, by £634 for a Corporal and by £400 for a newly trained soldier, sailor or air man or woman.

Basic pay for other ranks on completion of initial training will be £20,400, while the average salary for a Corporal will be £32,797.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "Our people do vital work every day to protect this country and I’m pleased Armed Forces personnel will receive a recommended 2% pay rise this year.

"Whether through serving abroad or supporting public services during the coronavirus pandemic at home, this pay increase is a recognition of their hard work and dedication."

The MOD says the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body's recommendations on allowances, recruitment and retention payments, bespoke pay arrangements, reservist bounties and food and accommodation charges have also been accepted and backdated to April where appropriate.

The pay rise comes alongside the addition to non-contribution pension access to incremental pay progression.