The only national survey which captures members views on pay, conditions and morale launches on 10 June.
This year’s survey includes specific questions around pay reforms and members feedback is really important as it will be used as evidence in our Pay Review Remuneration Body (PRRB) submission in November.
Last year’s survey showed that over 80% of North Wales Police officers highlighted low force morale due to the way the police service is treated as a whole combined with an ongoing attack on their pay and conditions.
The findings of this survey have never been more relevant, particularly following the governments derisory 2% pay ‘award’ announced last year.
The ‘award’ amounted to a measly uplift of 0.85% in real terms and is what led PFEW to lodge an application for judicial review around the government’s decision to ignore an independent body’s recommended amid the rise in crime, demand and terror threat.
General Secretary of the North Wales Police Federation, Mark Jones, said: “Our Pay and Morale survey provides crucial evidence from our members on issues around pay conditions and morale within the service.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of this survey; the findings help us stand up and fight for what our members deserve and ensure their voices are heard.”
The survey data is also used 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.
More than 27,000 police officers nationally – nearly a quarter of all ranks from constable to chief inspector – took part in the survey last year and we hope to see even more members take part this year.