Today, I am announcing the Government’s decision on pay rises for the Armed Forces.
The Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB) has made a recommendation for a 2% increase for the 2020 pay award. We are accepting this recommendation in full (to be implemented in September salaries, backdated to 1 April 2020), and I am today laying their 2020 report.
The pay award represents an annual increase of £643 in the nominal average salary in the Armed Forces (which is at the Corporal level), as well as an annual increase of £545 in the starting salary for an officer.
For all cohorts, this is additional to the non-contributory defined benefit pension and access to incremental pay progression.
The AFPRB also made recommendations on rises and changes to other targeted forms of remuneration and on the increase to food and accommodation charges which have been accepted. Where applicable, these rate changes will be backdated to 1 April 2020.
The Government greatly values and appreciates the role Military Personnel have in delivering essential services. This year we are delivering a real terms pay increase for the third time. The hard work and dedication of our people throughout this difficult period is important to us and is not taken for granted.
We are conscious that public sector pay awards must deliver value for money for the taxpayer. The Coronavirus is having a very significant impact on the economy and the fiscal position and the Government will need to continue to take this into account in agreeing public sector pay awards.