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Soldier starting salary rises to £20,000

The Government has announced a 2.9% increase in pensionable base pay as well as starting salaries for trained soldiers increasing to £20,000.

The Government has announced a 2.9% increase in pensionable base pay (backdated to 1 Apr 19 and in bank accounts by the end of Sep 19). Starting salaries for trained Soldiers will increase to £20,000 per annum with immediate effect and will also be backdated.

All ranks (Private to Brigadier) both Regular and Reserve, including those on bespoke pay spines (i.e. Medical and Dental officers, Chaplains, etc) will receive a 2.9% increase in base pay.

The salary of trained Private Soldiers, when they have completed Initial Trade Training, will rise to £20,000, backdated to 1 Apr 19. This increase reflects a desire to remain within the spirit of the Government’s National Living Wage strategy and to aid future recruitment.

Rates for all other trained Soldiers will increase by the pay award rate of 2.9%. For Reservists, a 2.9% increase in Reserve Bounties and Call-Out Gratuity.

There will be a 2.9% increase in Compensatory Allowances, most Recruiting and Retention Payments will increase by 2.9% and for Reservists, Reserve Bounties and Call-Out Gratuity will also increase by 2.9%.

Accommodation charges for both Service Families Accommodation and Single Living Accommodation will go up but by no more than 0.6%.

Further information available in ABN078/19.