A police officer has caused quite a stir on social media after they took a picture of their payslip before uploading it onto social media.
After deductions, the unknown police officer took home £974.81p in one month.
In 2019, the average take-home salary in the UK was £2340, or £30,420 a year.
In a post published on his twitter feed, @Sgt1756 said:
‘A friend of mine sent me this today. They have just joined the police, and this is their first payslip. This is shocking!’
It is not known which force the officer who the payslip belongs to serves in, but the average salary of a student police officer is around £18,000 per year (gross) which, after deductions (not including pension payments and student loans etc.) is around £1170 per month.
One Twitter user, Lisa Burnett (@DCP_RDOBURNETT) said:
‘Totally not good enough.
‘I’ve always been for officers to be paid more as they protect us.
‘Being married to an ex-cop who was assaulted on duty and his whole world turned upside down for little pay, isn’t worth it.
‘This needs to change’.
While Joe Lloyd (@fed_rep) tweeted to say:
‘Huge concern around officer vulnerability and being targeted by undesirables offering money for assistance, for example…
‘2001 – Starting pay £17,900 for some (okay they get a free degree..Whatever),18 yrs later they are worth £100 more… Nah! No rationale will convince me…’
“In fairness, ANYONE joining the job who isn’t aware of what they will be receiving as a salary needs to get into the real world.
“Similarly anyone else who hasn’t done a few calculations beforehand to estimate take-home pay from the salary offered needs a similar reality check”.
The government is trying to recruit 20,000+ officers to replace the officers who were let go under Theresa May’s premiership.
But many people who had been looking to start a career in policing have said that the low pay coupled with the fact that new police officers must now work towards a degree, have dissuaded them from joining.
‘PC Skinner’ (twitter handle @PC_2902) added:
‘It’s disgraceful; I was taking home around £1200 per month for patrolling a rural area, single crewed, detaining offenders on my own, dealing with suicides on my own, attending RTCs on fast roads and trying to do it all on my own. T
‘Then you get that at the end of the month!’
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