New officers in Scotland could earn up to £21,000 more than their colleagues south of the border because of the Winsor reforms, the Scottish Police Federation has said.
One of the arguments the government has used to defend the shorter Winsor pay scale is that will see officers rise to the maximum salary of £36,519 quicker.
But the Scottish Police Federation has calculated that Scottish officers would still earn between £19,000 and £21,730 more overall in the first 10 years of service, which is the how long it takes them to reach the maximum pay grade.
Calum Steele (pictured), the Scottish Fed’s general secretary, told PoliceOracle.com the variation in the total difference was because, under Winsor, officers advanced up each point of the pay scale on the anniversary of completing their basic training rather than the anniversary of joining the service.
The length of basic training in England and Wales varies between forces, he added, hence the £2,730 potential variation in the difference in earnings between them and Scottish officers.
Mr Steele also pointed out that officers in England and Wales would have to pass the new Specialist Skills Threshold to qualify for the highest pay grade under Winsor. If PCs do not qualify this, they will be stuck on a salary of £31,032, the second highest pay grade.
Mr Steele said this would mean PCs would earn even less than their Scottish counterparts throughout their careers.
He said: “Officers in Scotland are delighted the ravages of Tom Winsor’s report do not apply in Scotland. My members appreciate the repeated assurances the Scottish Government will not implement Winsor and will not attack the terms and conditions of officers.
“That delight is heavily tempered with an enormous sympathy for our colleagues in England and Wales, many of whom now face being deprived of vast sums of money, in addition to facing enormous uncertainty over the future of the career they have chosen.”
From Police Oracle