for young new recruits to the armed forces has been boosted by 12.5 per cent in
an attempt to attract more soldiers.
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.
boost will take wages for new recruits under 17 from £8,000 to £8,997.
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.
pay increase takes effect from 1 April 2002 and will cost the Armed Forces a
staff will also receive a lump sum bonus of £30,000 if, five years before their
pension date, they agree to stay.
bonuses will also be paid when they reach pensionable age.