Defence Equipment and Support was set up as a bespoke trading entity on 1 April 2014. It has a number of freedoms and flexibilities to manage its own business, outputs and workforce within an operating cost envelope set to drive significant efficiencies. This includes the freedom to implement its own pay and grading structures to reflect the highly specialised labour market in which it operates.
The Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) was established by the Defence Reform Act (DRA) 2014. The SSRO is wholly funded from within the MOD budget, via grant-in-aid. SSRO employees are not subject to civil service pay scales, terms and conditions. The DRA specifies that SSRO employees are not in the civil service of the state, ensuring the independent discharge of their duties.