Pay Hike for New British Army Soldiers

The starting salary for soldiers fresh out of Phase 2 (employment) training is rising to £20,000, a rise of about £1,140. Approximately 4,000 junior soldiers are set to benefit from the 6% pay rise. Other personnel, up to Brigadier (OF-6), will receive a 2.9% increase and compensatory allowances have also received a 2.9% rise, including:… Read More

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When Do I Get Paid?

“One type of expense incurred in modern wars was not always present in the ancient world: paying the troops. As we have seen, in the classical city state citizenship was bound up with military service. For a long time city states thus had no need to pay their citizen-soldiers. In the Greek world the only… Read More

What is the Unit Cost for Employing & Maintaining a Paratrooper?

The capitation rate for a member of the Parachute Regiment in the financial Year 2014/15 was £43,168. This included: Pensionable and non-Pensionable Pay; Earnings-Related National Insurance Contributions (ERNIC); and Superannuation Charges Adjusted for Past Experience (SCAPE). Reference FOI 2014/01589/73049 dated 10 June 2014.

What is the Unit Cost for Employing & Maintaining a Royal Marines Commando?

The capitation rate for a basic Royal Marine Commando for the financial year 2014-2015 was £30,510.00. This rate included pay, National Insurance and pension contributions. The capitation rate did not include unit costs or career training costs. Reference FOI 2014/01587 dated 02 June 2014.

What is the X-Factor?

Not to be confused with a certain TV show, the X-Factor is a pensionable addition to pay that recognises the special conditions of service experienced by members of the British Armed Forces compared with civilian employment. It accounts for a range of potential advantages and disadvantages which cannot be evaluated when assessing pay comparability. The… Read More

What is the Unpleasant Work Allowance (UWA)?

The Unpleasant Work Allowance (UWA) is designed to compensate Service personnel for operating in conditions involving: An exceptional degree of discomfort or fatigue; or Exposure to noxious substances beyond that compensated for by X-Factor. Similarly, it is paid for a range of activities that Service personnel may be expected to undertake which fall outside their… Read More

What is the Purpose of the Recruitment & Retention Allowance (London)?

The intent of Recruitment and Retention Allowance (London) (RRA(L)) is to counter reluctance to serve in designated London locations by contributing to the higher costs encountered during an assignment to the capital and by compensating for the reduced quality of the infrastructure supporting both the living and working environment. RRA(L) also recognises: The stress of… Read More