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Salary and Benefits

Working for the Met as a Police Officer is genuinely rewarding. As well as the rewards you gain from working with different communities and protecting Londoners from crime and the effects of crime, you can also look forward to a wide range of benefits and a competitive salary too.


As a new Police Constable, you'll receive a basic starting salary of £22,443 plus £6,663 London allowances. This rises to £37,254 plus London allowances in line with relevant Home Office guidelines and police regulations.


You'll have 22 days paid annual holiday, rising to 30 days a year depending on your length of service. This is on top of public holidays and an average of two rest days each week.

You can also expect other forms of leave, including maternity, paternity and adoption leave, special leave (with or without pay), parental leave and career breaks of up to five years.


Whether you're on or off duty, you'll enjoy free travel on London Underground and buses, seven days a week. At the moment, this doesn't extend to overground trains.

Flexible working

We'll always try to take your individual, religious and cultural needs into account so you can fit your work around your personal commitments. But we're an emergency service with a 24/7 responsibility to the people of London, so this may not always be possible.


When you start as a new Police Constable, you'll automatically become a member of the New Police Pension Scheme 2006 (NPPS). This isn't compulsory, so you can choose to opt out if you want to.

Financial Services and Discounts

Metfriendly (Metropolitan Police Friendly Society Limited) offers a variety of financial services, including:

  • Savings products
  • Investment products
  • Protection products
  • Discounts & subsidies.

Many major High Street stores, retail outlets and other national organisations offer discounts and special deals to police officers and many of the Met's sites have subsidised staff restaurants.


You can join our contributory private healthcare scheme and will also benefit from free eye tests and spectacles if you regularly use a computer.

Training & Development

As well as providing a broad range of training and development opportunities, we also offer funding for study towards a professional qualification.

Personal Support & Advice

We pride ourselves on being a caring employer and provide a whole range of support initiatives to help with both you and your family's welfare. These include:

  • Support for employees with caring responsibilities (e.g. flexible working arrangements)
  • Occupational health and welfare counselling (from psychotherapy to financial guidance)
  • Resettlement and outplacement support and services
  • A subsidised convalescence home
  • Holiday play schemes to help with your childcare
  • A network of 'First Contacts' who you can talk to about anything on a one-to-one basis
  • Development and mentoring schemes
  • Membership of the Police Federation and staff support associations to support and represent your needs.

Sports & Social

You, your family and friends will be able to access any number of subsidised leisure and sporting activities.

Please note: passing eligibility doesn't necessarily mean you will be placed in the Met Police Now Programme. You will be able to state your preference when applying and then depending on numbers a decision will be taken as to where you will be based.