71% of Gloucestershire Police officers who responded to the Police Federation of England and Wales Pay and Morale survey are dissatisfied with their pay – and over a third (37%) said they have low morale.
68% of respondents from Gloucestershire Police felt that they were worse off financially than they were five years ago and 11% of respondents reported never or almost never having enough money to cover all their essentials.
The majority (70%) of those who responded said they felt morale within the force is low or very low, a decrease of 10% on 2018. 37% said their own morale is low; 44% was recorded in 2018.
Gloucestershire Police Federation Chairman Mike Harrison said the survey results were encouraging when compared to other forces across England and Wales – but that some figures were still alarming.
“We followed the national trends when it came to answers around pay and remuneration with 71% of respondents saying they are dissatisfied with their remuneration. Coupled with pensions this is something we as a force and a local Federation have little influence over,” he said.
“Locally all of the figures are encouraging, and it is worth noting that in almost all the areas we fair better than our regional counterparts – a testimony to how our force operates and the leadership that is displayed.
“However, alarmingly, 11% of Gloucestershire respondents stated they never or almost never have enough money to cover their essentials. This is something I take very seriously and am deeply concerned about. Although it is well below the national average of 51% it is still not acceptable.
“I will look at this over the coming months with our colleagues in PMAS and our other partners to see what we can do at a local level to reduce that figure and to ensure officers and their families are not left in this position.”
308 responses were received from Gloucestershire Police, representing a response rate of around 28%.
Other results included that 60% of respondents said that they would not recommend joining the police to others.
And 8% said they had an intention to leave the police service either within the next two years or as soon as possible.
Mike added: “Morale has seen an increase which is positive and although some figures seem high Gloucestershire was placed at number two in the country.
“What is disappointing is that 60% of Gloucestershire respondents said they would not recommend joining the police to others, although this is a drop from last year. I think pay, pensions and general feelings nationally towards the police have contributed to this. For many, policing is no longer a vocation.
“8% of our respondents stated they intended to leave the Police as soon as possible or in the next two years, with 76% stating this was because of the impact of the job on health and wellbeing,” Mike added.
“I would be interested to see what the survey says in 2020, because the rewards are starting to be seen with the employment of a new Force Welfare Support Officer, who has already made a real difference to staff and their welfare.
“One area that really stands out in Gloucestershire is how staff see themselves treated fairly. 49% of our respondents agreed they were treated fairly, and 49% saw others being treated fairly in the organisation. When this is compared to the national average of 34% this, I believe, sets us apart.
“Our Supportive leadership Programme which has been introduced over the past few years is clearly taking effect and is clearly working and overall, I see how encouraging our figures are, thanks to the great work by our members and supportive programmes we have in place.
“Gloucestershire is a county force to be proud of and one that is clearly an employer of choice nationally.”
See the full survey results here; https://www.polfed.org/media/15391/gloucestershire-pay-and-morale-force-report-2019-6-11-19-v1.pdf