A review of Pay Comparability Methodologies

IES was commissioned by the Office of Manpower Economics to conduct research into pay comparability methodologies on behalf of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB).

The AFPRB, uniquely amongst the pay review bodies, has a statutory requirement to make external comparisons. Therefore, they asked IES to deliver an independent ‘academic think-piece’ that would help to ensure that the most appropriate pay comparability methodology is used in their comparisons in 2017 and beyond.

IES research importantly aimed to explore whether alternative methods of comparing military pay with that of the wider labour market would be more appropriate or would add more value to the AFPRB’s current approach to pay comparability.