Every year, we invite our 122,000 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.
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 this year - persuaded by data showing how officers had been negatively impacted by the rising cost of living - they agreed to 2.5% uplift for all officers despite the economic downturn caused by Covid-19.
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.
PFEW's current survey runs from 28 July to 11 September 2020. Members will be contacted via email to participate or can obtain the link via their local Federation branch. We will not be posting the link on any public facing webpages to minimise the risk of non police officers completing the survey. This year's survey will cover our usual cost of living and morale questions and also assess the impact of Covid-19 on officers finances, working conditions and morale. It also gauges views around the proposed 20,000 officer uplift.
The findings from the 2019 pay and morale survey revealed that only 36% of respondents said they had enough money to cover their monthly essentials, with around one in eight admitting they have had to seek financial support to cover day to day expenses within the last year. Out of the 19,654 respondents to the survey conducted between June and August 2019, almost 75% said they felt worse off financially than they were five years ago.
Our submission to the PRRB contributed to the achievement of a 2.5% uplift in pay for all ranks, and the lowest rung of the sergeants' pay scale was scrapped in line with our recommendations.
Our 2018 pay and morale survey found that more police officers than ever (7.8%) had taken second jobs. This was up 6.3% on the previous year. A staggering 44.8% said they worried about the state of their personal finances either every day or almost every day. And more than one in nine (11.8%) said they never or almost never had enough money to cover all of their essentials. This was up from 11% on the year before. The vast majority of respondents, 87.9%, did not feel fairly paid considering the stresses and strains of their job. More than 27,000 police officers - nearly a quarter of all ranks from constable to chief inspector - took part in the survey.