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Prison Service: Pay

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) starting salary and (b) average salary is of prison officers in (i) public sector prisons and (ii) private sector prisons. (125374)

The current starting salary of prison officers in the public sector is £17,744 per annum, with an average salary of £23,922. These figures exclude oncosts. In addition, locality payments ranging between £250 and £4,250 are paid at certain establishments.

The average starting salaries and average salary for prison custody officers at each contracted company are in the following table.

Average starting salaries and average salary for prison custody officers at each contracted company

Company

Averaged starting salary(£)

Average salary(£)

GSL

17,403

18,856

G4S

15,808

18,803

KALYX

16,798

17,417

SERCO

15,650

n/a