Scottish police officers secure 7% pay rise

Scottish police pay riseThe Police Negotiating Board (PNB) and Scottish government have agreed that all police officers in Scotland will receive a 7% increase to pay and allowances, backdated to 1 April.

The agreement was reached following dialogue and negotiation through the PNB, which is made up of representatives from the Scottish Police Authority, Police Scotland, the Scottish Government, the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents, Scottish Police Federation and the Scottish Chief Police Officers Staff Association.

The deal ensures a cumulative 12.35% increase in pay since 1 April 2022 and includes a commitment to commission an independent review into police officer pay and benefits to ensure appropriate wage growth from 2025/26. It also recognises the contribution police officers make keeping people and communities across Scotland safe, while bearing in mind the current economic climate.

Martyn Evans, chair of the Scottish Police Authority, said: “This is a challenging financial climate for policing and difficult choices are being taken to ensure we stay within the budget. Despite this, I am pleased we have now reached an agreement which recognises the valuable contribution of our police officers and the unique set of duties and requirements placed upon them. I am grateful to the staff side for their constructive dialogue.”

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Angela Constance, cabinet secretary for justice and home affairs, added: “I want to thank all those involved for working in good faith to achieve this agreement. Our police officers perform an essential role keeping Scotland’s communities safe and this fair pay deal recognises the hard work and valuable contribution they make daily as well as this government’s commitment to investing in policing.

“Police Scotland is a vital service, which is why, despite difficult financial circumstances due to UK government austerity, we have increased police funding year-on-year since 2016-17, investing more than £11.6 billion since the creation of Police Scotland in 2013.”