Most Gloucestershire police officers say they are dissatisfied with the pay they receive, a new survey has revealed.
The statistics from the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) 2018 Pay and Morale Survey showed that 67% of Gloucestershire officers are dissatisfied with their overall remuneration (including basic pay and allowances).
Worryingly, 36% are concerned enough about their financial situation to think about it ‘every day or every other day.’
Other headline figures show that 70% said they feel worse off financially than five years ago, while 43% used the survey to say their morale was low.
Meanwhile 80% of respondents said they felt morale was low force wide.
The figures come on the back of a police pay rise of 2%, although in real terms that is nearer 1%, as last year’s award consisted of a 1% one-off bonus.
The figures from Gloucestershire largely matched views across England and Wales where 89% of officers said they do not feel fairly compensated for what they do.
“It’s pretty grim reading,” said John Apter, PFEW Chair.
“Unfortunately, it’s not altogether surprising. Our members are clearly suffering from even worse financial pressures than last year and some are appearing to be in dire straits.
“It is clearly unacceptable that they cannot make ends meet or even put food on their families’ tables,” he added.
The findings will be put forward by the PFEW as part of their annual submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body.
To view the Gloucestershire report visit; http://polfed.org/documents/