Defence Equipment and Support: Staff

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 15th November 2018.

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Photo of Jessica Morden Jessica Morden Opposition Whip (Commons), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the proportion of Defence Equipment and Support employees at each new pay grade after it became a Bespoke Trading Entity in 2014.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) became a Bespoke Trading Entity in April 2014, however employees remained on the previous Ministry of Defence pay grade structure until April 2017.

In April 2017, DE&S introduced a new pay, grading and reward structure, which has five broad salary bands. Details of the proportion of employees at each level, as at 1 April 2017, can be found in the table below.

DE&S Level

Proportion of Employees



Senior Administrator


Professional II


Professional I


Senior Professional


This does not include Senior Civil Service and Military personnel employed in DE&S, which are not part of the new grading structure.

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