Army increases pay rates to attract new recruits

Pay
for young new recruits to the armed forces has been boosted by 12.5 per cent in
an attempt to attract more soldiers.

The
increase is in response to a study which found school leavers can earn more
from other employers. The Army is still short of 6,500 soldiers.

The
boost will take wages for new recruits under 17 from £8,000 to £8,997.

Overall,
the Armed Forces are to receive an average pay rise of 3.7 per cent this year.
Bosses say this is a reward for a busy year.

The
pay increase takes effect from 1 April 2002 and will cost the Armed Forces a
total £236m.

Aircrew
staff will also receive a lump sum bonus of £30,000 if, five years before their
pension date, they agree to stay.

Extra
bonuses will also be paid when they reach pensionable age.

By Quentin Reade

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