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Prison Officers: Pay

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 42039, tabled on 21 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on (a) amber and (b) red market supplements to prison officers in each of the last five years.

Answered on

6 September 2022

We are working hard to improve retention of frontline officers at prisons across England and Wales, providing opportunities to progress their careers and significant investment to keep them safe. Together, this will ensure we can recruit vital staff to keep offenders off the streets and protect the public.

Market Supplements are an additional (non-pensionable) allowance in place to support recruitment and retention at certain prison sites.

The annual expenditure on amber and red market supplements to prison officers in each of the last five years is provided below:

Financial Year

Total Market Supplement Expenditure

2017/2018

£10,672,767

2018/2019

£17,015,739

2019/2020

£18,388,592

2020/2021

£17,935,894

2021/2022

£18,530,093

It has not been possible to separate the amber and red market supplement expenditure for each financial year.

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