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Armed Forces: Pay

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the income of a private soldier who had completed basic training was as a proportion of that of a (a) 1 star, (b) 2 star, (c) 3 star and (d) 4 star officer in each year since 1997. (213164)

The basic pay of a trained private soldier, expressed as proportion of that of a (a) 1 star, (b) 2 star, (c) 3 star and (d) 4 star officer in each year since 1997 is shown in the following table:

Privates annual pay expressed as a percentage of annual pay of a:

1 star officer

2 star officer

3 star officer

4 star officer

1997

16.34

15.09

13.34

9.88

1998

16.42

15.43

13.54

10.10

1999

16.47

15.60

13.69

10.21

2000

16.67

15.78

13.84

10.33

2001

16.98

15.36

13.76

10.33

2002

17.06

15.10

12.93

10.50

2003

17.15

15.36

13.16

10.69

2004

17.21

15.37

13.17

10.69

2005

17.21

15.37

13.04

10.24

2006

17.26

15.42

13.07

9.95

2007

18.27

16.55

14.03

10.36

2008

17.54

16.52

14.04

10.49

The minimum rate of pay has been used for each rank. The figures reflect basic pay only, i.e. those rates paid in accordance with an individual's rank, trade and seniority. Other elements of the military remuneration package, such as specialist pay and allowances, are not included.