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Royal Army Pay Corps (Officers' Emoluments)

Volume 395: debated on Wednesday 1 December 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War what are the present annual emoluments, including allowances appropriate to a married officer, of a captain and a lieutenant, respectively, of the Royal Army Pay Corps; in the case of a Regular officer and in the case of an Emergency Reserve or other non-Regular officer, respectively, what civilian incomes would these figures be approximately equivalent to, taking into account the exemption of Army allowances from Income Tax; and what are the annual emoluments of civilians covering like posts in Army pay offices in the case of an established civil servant and in the case of a temporary civil servant, respectively?

Any direct and immediate comparison of pay between the soldier and the civilian is impossible since their systems of remuneration are essentially different. The annual emoluments of military officers of the Royal Army Pay Corps and of civilians covering similar posts in pay offices vary according to the number of years the individual has served altogether and also according to the number of years he has served in a particular rank or grade. The emoluments of military officers do not vary as between those who hold regular and those who hold non-regular commissions. The total emoluments issuable to a military officer depend on various factors, e.g., the date on which he was commissioned, whether he is drawing certain issues in kind or in the form of an allowance and whether he is married. In the latter case his emoluments vary further according to the code of family allowance for which he has opted, the size of his family and whether he is living with his family or not.The gross annual emoluments (to the nearest £), i.e. before the payment of Income Tax, of single officers in the R.A.P.C. and the gross equivalent of these emoluments if they were taxable on the normal civilian basis as follow:

(Lieut. or Capt.) after 18 months with the Corps449572
(Lieut, or Capt.) after 7 years' commissioned service (if not promoted Supervisory Officer earlier)497648
Supervisory Officer (Captain)534656
Paymaster (after 5 years as such)579703
Paymaster (after 15 years' commissioned service)662785

The above figures assume that the officers are not provided with single quarters, servants, rations, fuel and light and that they draw the appropriate allowances in lieu. If such an officer is married and is living with his wife he does not receive the single rate of lodging allowance, which amounts to £62 a year, but family lodging allowance which if drawn under the new code would amount to £91 a year. If he is separated from his wife by the exigencies of the Service his family lodging allowance is reduced by £18 a year but if he is not provided with public quarters he receives in addition the single rate of lodging allowance of £62 a year. These allowances are not subject to Income Tax.If civilians are appointed to cover posts at present held by captains and lieutenants in Army Pay Offices their emoluments would be:

Departmental Civilian Officer (established)

  • Scale of salary £375 rising by increments of £18 a year to £525.
  • Plus War Bonus £36 10s. (on salary up to £500). £25 (on salary over £500).

Junior Temporary Assistant ( male) (temporary).

  • Normal starting rate £325 with annual increases of £18 rising to the maximum of the range of £400.
  • Plus War Bonus £36 10s.

In addition, a departmental civilian officer is entitled to overtime pay at common time rate for hours worked in excess of 192 in any period of four consecutive weeks subject to an overriding maximum of 5s. an hour. A junior temporary assistant is eligible for overtime at common time rate for hours worked in excess of 48 a week subject to an overriding maximum of salary (exclusive of bonus) plus overtime of £112 10s. a quarter.