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Defence Equipment and Support: Pay

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, what proportion of Defence Equipment and Support employees received pay increases at each performance rating relative to the benchmarks set out in their 2018 pay deal.

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

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) staff are rewarded individually, with salary increases being based on how staff have performed throughout the year relative to their peers, and their salary in comparison to the market benchmark for their role.

The distribution of civilian employees below the Senior Civil Service who were eligible for the 2018 pay award against each of DE&S’ five performance ratings is set out in the table below:

Performance Rating

Proportion of DE&S Staff



Very Good






Performance Improvement Required


Staff rated ‘Performance Improvement Required’ did not receive an increase in pay and those with a rating of ‘Moderate’ received a flat 1%. Larger awards were given to those staff with the highest performance ratings, and dependent upon the relative position of their salary to the benchmark for their role.

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