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Pay deal agreed for police officers in Scotland

Published : 15/08/2022 18:31:08


A pay increase has been agreed for police officers in Scotland which will be backdated to 1 April 2022.

Police officers in Scotland will receive a 5% increase in their pay and allowances.

The agreement is cognisant of the current cost of living crisis and recognises the valuable contribution that police officers continue to make in keeping people and communities across Scotland safe.

The agreement was reached following extensive dialogue and negotiation through the Police Negotiating Board (PNB). The PNB includes the ‘Staff Side’ which is made up representatives from the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS), Scottish Police Federation (SPF) and the Scottish Chief Police Officers Staff Association (SCPOSA), the Scottish Police Authority, Police Scotland and the Scottish Government.

In addition to the 5% pay increase across all pay points, the agreement includes a number of enhancements to police officer terms and conditions which can be found in the Official Side offer that was formally accepted by the Staff Side today.

Martyn Evans, Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, said:

“I welcome this agreement following constructive dialogue with the staff side. This agreement recognises the essential and valuable role our police officers play ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Scotland’s communities.”

Chief Constable Sir Iain Livingstone said:

"Officers work tirelessly every day to keep people safe across the country and it is right that their commitment to public service is recognised and rewarded.

“I am pleased the Police Negotiating Board has reached agreement on this, particularly at a time when officers are concerned about the cost of living crisis and its impact on them and their families.”

Ash Regan, Community Safety Minister added:

“Our police officers perform an essential role in keeping our communities safe and I am delighted that the Police Negotiating Board has reached agreement on Police Officer pay for this year.

“I want to thank all those involved for the commitment shown in achieving a deal which reflects the dedication police officers show each and every day.”

The full details of the agreement are detailed in a PNB Circular which will be published by the Scottish Government in the coming days.

The Official Side offer and Staff Side response is available from the Scottish Police Federations website at: JCC Circular 33 of 2022 - Police Pay 2022- Information - Scottish Police Federation (

Negotiations with the Trade Unions on a pay deal for police staff are ongoing and a separate communication will be issued in due course.