Lowest sergeants’ pay point removed

9 December 2020

The lowest pay point on the sergeants pay scale has now been removed.

The change came into effect on 1 September 2020 along with the annual pay rise.

“I think this marks a significant step forward in terms of encouraging PCs to consider putting themselves through the promotion process to become sergeants,” says Steve Thorpe, chair of Gwent Police Federation.

“There were some PCs who had been put off seeking career progression because they didn’t feel there was much of a gap between the top of the constables’ pay scale and the lowest point on the sergeants’ pay scale.”

The following approach has been taken to implement the removal of the lowest sergeants’ pay point and to ensure there is no leapfrogging:

  • Pay Point 1 on the sergeants’ pay scale is removed with effect from 1 September 2020
  • On 1 September 2020, all sergeants who were on Pay Point 1 were moved to Pay Point 2; this will become their new incremental date, ie they will move to Pay Point 3 on 1 September 2021 having reckoned 12 months’ service on that pay point and subject to a satisfactory PDR or equivalent
  • Constables promoted to sergeant after 1 September 2020 will be placed on what was Pay Point 2 and will move to the next pay point once they have completed 12 months’ service on that pay point and subject to a satisfactory PDR or equivalent. This will usually be the anniversary of their promotion but may be earlier if they have previously undertaken periods of temporary promotion in the rank of sergeant
  • There will be no change to incremental progression in respect to Pay Points 3 and 4, ie officers must complete 12 months’ service at each pay point and subject to a satisfactory PDR or equivalent.