Forces bring in merit pay to aid retention

Performance-related
pay is to be introduced in the armed forces across all three services in a bid
to improve retention and recruitment.

Pay
2000 for lower ranking officers is to be introduced from April this year and
the performance management and pay system for senior officers will take effect
from April 2002.

An
MoD spokesman commented, “The idea for both schemes, particularly Pay 2000, is
to make the whole pay system more transparent. If you join as a private you can
look and see the training choices and how they affect your salary to enable you
to plan your own career path more effectively.

“It
is intended to clarify the salary structure and it is essential for recruitment
and retention.”

Performance-related
pay will depend on an individual’s role. If a member of staff is in charge of a
battalion then the pay would be affected by factors such as management and
financial skills.

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