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PC and shift allowance

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Can anyone tell me if you get a shift allowance as a PC on top of your starting salary (as a percentage)?  Or is it just the basic starting salary plus any overtime that you work? 

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10% of your hourly rate on top per hour (non pensionable) for every hour you work between 2200 and 0600.

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10% of your hourly rate on top per hour (non pensionable) for every hour you work between 2200 and 0600.


It's 2000?


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Sorry, yes, it is 2000 hours.

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13 hours ago, scary100 said:

Can anyone tell me if you get a shift allowance as a PC on top of your starting salary (as a percentage)?  Or is it just the basic starting salary plus any overtime that you work? 

As above it's only for hours between 2000 - 0600 hours.

If you're trying to work out if you can afford something based on your salary as a new PC, please be aware that shift allowance isn't guaranteed. If you are posted to a team that doesn't work many nights - like a safer neighbourhoods team or a tasking team of some sort, you may not get very much shift allowance at all. Just be aware.

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Thanks @Policey_Man. Trying to do some research at moment as I obviously have a mortgage and bills to pay.  Seeing some police staff roles, it seems that they have a higher take home pay in general? I want to work for the police so badly but also need to be able to have a living wage to pay house hold bills and living costs for the family being the main wage earner. 

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3 hours ago, scary100 said:

Thanks @Policey_Man. Trying to do some research at moment as I obviously have a mortgage and bills to pay.  Seeing some police staff roles, it seems that they have a higher take home pay in general? I want to work for the police so badly but also need to be able to have a living wage to pay house hold bills and living costs for the family being the main wage earner. 

No worries. It depends what police staff roles you're looking at... senior managers and specialists may get some higher pay, but forces have the freedom to offer that. They don't have the same freedom with police officer pay as it is subject to national pay scales set by the Home Office. You also need to do a bit of research on PCs pay as it isn't always clear. For example, the figures of £19k is often banded around, but I think most forces start higher than that with some of the extras they can give, usually at around £22k (depending on previous policing experience and policing qualifications). Forces in South East often give an extra £2k and the Met given officers an extra £6.6k London weighting.

Shift allowance does add a bit of extra money and then you sometimes get overtime on top of that - although again this does vary by force - but that can help increase your pay significantly.

I suppose it depends which area of the country you live in, but compared to other roles, PC pay isn't too bad. I mean, yes, we should be paid more and we definitely earn every penny of what we get, but comparatively speaking, I wouldn't think that PC pay is too far away from the average.

I think what you need to ask yourself, is why you want to work for the police? Because the difference between police officer and police staff is like bus driver and airline pilot... they might both be taking people places, but it's nowhere near the same thing.

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