Pay and morale
Every year, we invite our 123,000 members to take part in a pay and morale survey, giving them a chance to share their views and inform our work on pay and conditions, and general police morale.
Our pay and morale survey is the only survey to provide a national picture of officers’ views on their pay and conditions, and it is an essential way for us to keep in touch with our members’ opinions in order to represent these to government.
What do you do with the findings?
The survey provides an important source of evidence for our annual submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB), which advises the government on police pay. The PRRB take the views of officers very seriously, and last year - persuaded by data showing how the demands on officers have increased while pay has been suppressed - they broke with government policy in recommending a 2% uplift for all officers.
We also use the survey data to influence other policing stakeholders - for example, the College of Policing on initiatives such as competency-based pay. Also, HMICFRS have welcomed the robust and meaningful data, and now make use of the pay and morale survey findings in their national Police Effectiveness Efficiency and Legitimacy (PEEL) assessment reports. This ultimately benefits federated ranks by ensuring improved management and support systems.
However, these are only some of many ways in which our members’ feedback via this survey is fed into our national and local policies. The survey also provides our local Branches with their officers’ views on pay and conditions, which helps when they discuss such matters with their chiefs and local MPs.
We also present results from the survey at high profile academic conferences, and have published in peer-reviewed policing journals. We believe that this enhances the standing of the PFEW as an organisation that demonstrates rigour and transparency in our data and policy. Ultimately, this activity helps demonstrate the credibility of the work and makes it harder to dispute findings – however unpalatable other stakeholders may find them to be.
The 2018 survey closed on 15 May 2018 - thank you to everyone who responded. Results are expected towards the end of the summer.
Evidence from the 2017 pay and morale survey led to us insisting on an uplift for all officers of 3.4% is considered by the PRRB in 2018. Additionally, we have argued that the 1% element of last year’s uplift that was unconsolidated should now be consolidated and should not affect this year’s uplift.
Read the news release 'Cops’ morale plummets as job stress grows and pay dwindles' (published 30 August 2017), the 2017 national headlines report and full report. Individual force reports can be found on our Survey hub.
We also asked Canterbury Christ Church University’s Centre for Policing Research (CCPR), experts in the field of policing research and practitioner engagement, to take a deeper look at some of the issues raised in the 2017 survey. This new external research, which was published in July 2018, is an in-depth analysis of the qualitative data produced by the survey, looking at topics including Direct Entry and Licence to Practice.
We used findings from our 2016 pay and morale survey to help ensure that some of the less welcome proposals by other organisations were dropped, such as pay uplifts being unconsolidated and therefore not classed as pensionable pay, and the removal of overnight allowance.
Read the 2016 national headlines report - individual force reports can be found on our Survey hub.