Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
4. Pay and benefits
Policing here in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is a genuinely rewarding experience – not just for the satisfaction you get from helping make the diverse community safer for everybody, but for the pay and benefits you’ll receive too.
The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) enables driven and talented people to get a degree in policing while working and earning a full time salary starting at £18,912. This will rise to £24,780 in year two and £25,902 in year three.
Within 7 years, if you remain at the rank of police constable you can expect a salary of £41,130.
All new entrants to the police service automatically join the new Police Pension Scheme - CARE 2015 Scheme (Career Average Revalued Earnings).
Although membership of the scheme is automatic it is not compulsory and you can elect to opt out at any time. The amount of contribution you pay depends upon the level of your pensionable earnings.
The employee and employer contributions are set out below:
|Annualised Rate of Pensionable Earnings||Member Contribution Rates||Employer Contribution Rates|
|£27,000 or less||12.44%||21.3%|
|£27,000 - £60,000||13.44%||21.3%|
For part-time officers, the contribution is determined by their whole time equivalent salary. Under the CARE Scheme you will have access to your pension at any time after the age of 55 years and to take immediate payment of your pension; if you decide to retire with immediate payment of your pension after age 55 and before age 60, your 2015 scheme benefits will have an early retirement reduction.
Pension contributions made during previous employment may be transferred to the police pension scheme. However, due to the relatively high contributions made to the scheme, payments to other schemes may not equate to the same period in police service terms.
Compulsory retirement ages for police officers are specified in police pensions regulations. The ranks of constable to chief inspector are required to retire on reaching the age of 60 and for superintendents and above, the age of 65 years. These compulsory retirement ages can be extended at the discretion of the chief constable on an annual basis. Extensions of service beyond these ages can also be applied for following the local procedure.
The Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has produced full guidance on the changes to pension allowances. These guides can be found on the Gov.uk website.
Joining us a police officer entitles you to a highly competitive benefits package that includes everything from staff restaurant facilities to on site gym and high street discounts.
You'll have access to a wide range of discounts and special deals including:
- Discounts at major high street stores, retail outlets, food establishments and other organisations nationwide
- Cycle2Work scheme
- Gym facilities*
- Eyesight vouchers
- Sports & leisure clubs
- Holiday playscheme discounts
(* small monthly fee)
You can expect to have between 22 and 30 days of paid holiday each year, depending on your length of service. This is in addition to public holidays, and an average of 2 rest days per week.
We make provision for a number of other forms of leave, including:
- Maternity, paternity and adoption leave
- Special leave with and without pay
- Carers leave
- Parental leave
- Career breaks of up to five years
After your two year training period you can apply for flexible working arrangements.
However, each case is looked at individually and on its own merits. We will consider all requests and will try to accommodate them provided they fit with the operational demands of the organisation.
We expect you to be flexible and we strive to be a flexible employer. This does mean that you can't suddenly stop and go home in the middle of a suspect interview or while taking a victim statement just because you're scheduled shift has ended. The good news is that you'll be advised of your shifts a year in advance, allowing you to plan your work-life balance accordingly.
Officer can join a contributory health scheme, along with other benefits such as free eye tests and spectacles for those who are regular computer users.
We pride ourselves on being a caring employer, and provide a range of support initiatives to help with both your personal welfare and that of your family:
- Support for employees with caring responsibilities, such as flexible working arrangements
- Occupational health and welfare counselling, ranging from psychotherapy to financial guidance
- A range of development and mentoring schemes
- Membership of the Police Federation and staff associations to support and represent your needs
We offer our employees a range of subsidised leisure and sporting activities/ opportunities.
From swimming to sailing and football to fishing, a wide range of sports groups are available. Many members compete at regional, national and international levels.
All standards welcome from beginners to seasoned competitors.