By James SmithPosted Wednesday 12 May 2018 05:21:24Military pay raises are due to be announced on Thursday, but the first wave of them could go ahead much earlier than planned, according to a senior military official.
Military sources have confirmed that the new pay system is due to start in June with military personnel receiving an average pay increase of 10 per cent, compared with the current rate of 4.3 per cent.
“There will be a period of up to three years when there will be an adjustment period for the civilian population,” said Brigadier General P.C. Nadeem Shah, the head of the army’s Military Staff.
“This adjustment period will be in accordance with the civilian rate.”
He said that the pay adjustment period would start in the first half of next year.
“It will be up to the Army’s leadership to decide on the appropriate rate for the adjustment period, but it will be around 10 per year.”
He added that a decision will be made on a “proper” rate for adjustment period in the second half of 2018.
The move to a military-style pay system would make up about 25 per cent of the annual increase of the military.
“The Army has been paying the salaries of its personnel in accordance to the civilian pay structure for the past two decades,” Mr Shah said.
“In the past, the Army has maintained its civilian pay arrangements.
But in 2018, this will change.””
We want to see a realisation of this system.”
He also confirmed that there will not be any changes to the pension system for army personnel.
“Military personnel will continue to receive their pension benefits at the same level as they do now,” he said.
A senior army source said the change to a civilian pay system had been expected for some time.
“If the army continues with its current system, there will need to be some adjustment period,” the source said.
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