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Armed Forces Pay Rise Confirmed as 2.9%

July 22, 2019
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The Armed Forces Pay Review Body have just released their 48th 2019 report confirming the pay rise.

The Reports states:

”Our central recommendation is that rates of base pay for the main remit group should be increased by 2.9 per cent from 1 April 2019. The key indicators that influenced our recommendation this year are: 

• over recent years, some weakening of Armed Forces’ pay relative to the wider economy;

• average earnings growth was at 3.5 per cent and 5.2 per cent for those in continuous employment in the UK;

• 68 per cent of Service personnel in 2018 did not receive any pay increase as a result of incremental progression;

• Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation at 1.9 per cent;

• the need to balance our pay recommendation against overall affordability;

• the failure to meet recruitment targets;

• outflow figures, including Voluntary Outflow (VO), remaining at high levels, yet there is a sustained tempo of operations;

• an increase in the deficit in military full-time trained strength;

• further declines in motivation and satisfaction with pay, with pay increasingly being cited as a potential reason for Service personnel to leave; and

• the importance of our pay recommendation as an indication of the ‘value’ of Service personnel.”

Read the full report from GOV.UK here

You can also read the announcement from the MoD here

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