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PSCO Pay and Benefits


Police Staff Pay

Police Staff pay scales are negotiated and issued nationally by the Police Staff Council. Please refer to the specific job advert to find out the salary for the vacancy to which you are applying.

Shift allowances

Police Staff working shifts may qualify for a shift allowance. This will depend upon the span of hours and frequency of shift working. Police Staff working shifts that involve working hours between midnight on Friday and midnight on Sunday may also qualify for weekend enhancement.

Annual Leave

The annual leave year runs from the April 1 to March 31. For police staff with:

  • Less than five years’ continuous service, the entitlement is 24 days,
  • 5 to 10 years’ continuous service, the entitlement is 29 days,
  • 10 years’ plus continuous service, the entitlement is 32 days.

Annual leave is calculated on a pro-rata basis for part-time employees.

Health & Well Being

The Occupational Health and Welfare Unit aims to support attendance and effectiveness at work. It works proactively to minimise health risks and to promote individual responsibility for health, fitness and well-being.

A free information, support and counselling service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Good attendance at work is vital to ensure that Greater Manchester Police provides an effective service to the community. You will be supported through unavoidable absence, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you take steps to avoid unnecessary periods of sickness.

Police staff sick pay is based upon the provisions of the Police Staff Council, Pay and Conditions of Service Handbook and is dependent on the length of continuous service.


If you are under the age of 75 and have a contract of at least 3 months, then you will automatically be able to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (unless you chose to opt out); this pension scheme is administered by the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF).

Further information can be found on the Greater Manchester Pension Fund website – http://www.gmpf.org.uk

The scheme offers:

  • A retirement income
  • Life cover before you retire
  • The possibility of early retirement
  • The possibility of ‘topping up’ with additional voluntary contributions (AVCs)
  • An ill health retirement pension (subject to qualifying criteria)
  • Benefits to your dependants after you die.

Sport and Social

The Sports and Social Club provides many sporting and other activities for members. These include a wide range of sports, organised trips and tours and regular social events.

Discounts can also be obtained for products and services from many retailers and organisations.

Membership contributions are taken directly from your pay and are shown as deductions on your pay slip. Each Division and Branch has a nominated representative who will be able to provide specific details on what is offered.

Other benefits include:

  • Bus to Work Scheme - GMP is pleased to offer a tax-free Bus To Work Scheme that helps staff with their travel to work costs and provides an effective and practical alternative to driving to work.
  • Childcare Benefits Scheme - GMP police staff can save money through a salary sacrifice scheme, which provides tax-free childcare benefits.
  • Cycle Scheme - The cycle scheme is another salary sacrifice scheme whereby staff and officers can obtain a bike of their choice and safety equipment

Trade Unions, Staff Associations and Support Groups

GMP recognises the role trade unions and support groups serve in providing support and advice.

UNISON is the recognised Trade Union within GMP and in addition there are the following support groups:

  • Association for Women in Policing
  • Black and Asian Police Association (BAPA)
  • Christian Police Association
  • Disability Support Network
  • Jewish Police Association
  • GMP Pride Network
  • Muslim Police Association
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