Pay, competence related threshold payments (CRTP) & London Weighting

Pay

Provisions relating to pay can be found in Regulation 24 and Annex F of Police Regulations 2003.

Uplift

Pay is usually uprated annually from 1 September. The pay uplift for 2016/2017 (with effect from 1 September 2016) will be 1%.

Changes to Pay Scales

A new pay scale for new entrants was introduced on 1 April 2013. Details can be found in HOC 7/2013 and in Annex F of Police Regulations 2003. This means that there are currently two pay scales for constables.

Between April 2014 and April 2016 three pay points were removed from the constables' older pay scale as follows:

  • 1 April 2014 – removal of pay point 6
  • 1 April 2015 – removal of pay point 7
  • 1 April 2016 – removal of pay point 9

Also, on 1 April 2014 pay point 0 was removed from the sergeants' pay scale.

PNB Circular 2013/14 (Revised), PNB Circular 2014/02, JBB Circular 08/2014 and Home Office Circular 6/2014 all contain further details about the changes to the
constables' and sergeants' previous pay scales.

Performance development review (PDR)

With effect from 1 April 2015 for sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors and with effect from 1 April 2016 for constables, incremental progression through the relevant pay scale is dependent upon a member receiving a grade of “achieved performance” (or the equivalent grade in a police force's own grading system, as determined by the Chief Constable) or above in their PDR or alternative performance assessment process relating to the preceding period of 12 months' of their service from the anniversary of a member's end of year assessment.

For these purposes “PDR or alternative process” means an annual performance assessment process which meets national performance standards of assessment set by the College of Policing, including an appeals process. In the absence of a PDR or alternative process which meets those standards, a member will be assumed to have received a grade of “achieved performance” (or equivalent).

Home Office Circular 006/2015 provides more detail about the introduction and operation of the PDR process.

Assessment and Recognition of Competence (ARC)

We are aware that the College of Policing is developing a threshold competency assessment requirement which would be applied as a national standard. This would mean that for a constable to progress to pay point 4 he or she would need to meet that required standard. We understand that this new requirement is likely to be introduced with effect from early 2017 but as at the date of publication we do not have all of the details and await the production of a determination under Police Regulations 2003 dealing with this matter.

Holiday pay

JBB Circular 39/2015 notes that an agreement was reached in December 2015 with regards to the calculation of holiday pay. It details that officers are entitled to holiday pay that includes their regular overtime pay and several other regular payments. The payment is effective from 1 January 2016, with provision made for a three month arrears' period.

For more information see JBB Circular 39/2015.

Competence related threshold payments (CRTP) for constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors

With effect from 1 April 2016 CRTPs are no longer payable.

London Weighting

London Weighting is payable to members of the City of London and Metropolitan Police Service only. It is a pensionable addition to pay. The current rate, with effect from 1 July 2015, is £2,349 pa but is due to increase to £2,373 pa with effect from 1 September 2016 in accordance with the recommendations of the Police Remuneration Review Body which have been accepted by the Home Secretary. London Weighting is calculated on a pro-rata basis for part-time members.

Produced and issued by Research and Policy Support PFEW HQ - updated August 2016

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