The Defence Secretary has announced an above-inflation, 2.9% pay rise for the Armed Forces.
It will be implemented in September’s salaries and backdated to 1 April 2019.
The lowest-paid soldiers, sailors and airmen and women will receive a 6% increase to bring them in line with the living wage.
This increase means that after basic training, new and junior personnel will receive an annual salary of £20,000 a year.
For the ‘average’ salary of personnel (at Corporal level), the pay rise represents an annual increase of £995.
The starting salary for an officer will see an annual increase of £769.
Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:
“No soldier, sailor, airman or woman should be asked to serve our country and not be properly rewarded, which is why I’m pleased we have accepted the pay review body’s recommendation for an above-inflation rise this year.