HC Deb 21 March 2001 vol 365 cc209-10W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason service officers have not had the same job evaluation as enlisted personnel; and if he will make a statement. [153979]

Mr. Spellar

Job evaluation of both Other Ranks and Officer posts has been routinely undertaken since 1970. A new job evaluation system was introduced in 1997 and was extensively tested across all ranks including Officers. During the period leading up to Pay 2000, priority has been given to evaluating Other Ranks in order to assign posts to pay ranges based on job weight. Most Senior Officer posts have now been evaluated. We are about to begin a comprehensive programme of evaluation for the remainder of the Officer corps with the aim of completing the first tranche by September to meet the stated requirements of the Armed Forces Pay Review Board.