5. Benefits and support
Working for the Met as a Police Constable is a genuinely rewarding career where you are able to see the impact that your hard-work has in making London safer for everybody. In addition to the personal satisfaction that you gain, you will receive a competitive salary as well as a number of other benefits.
The salary that you receive will be dependent on the entry route that you choose to join us on (revisit PC entry routes for an overview of the routes available to you).
Salaries are made up of a basic salary + London weighting + London allowances.
As a new PC, you’ll start receiving your salary after you’ve been attested on the first day of your Met Police training course.
As a full-time Police Constable in the Met 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.
Part-time officers' paid annual holiday will be based on the pro-rata equivalent of a full-time officer; 13.2 days for a part-time officer working an average of 24 hours per week or 240 hours over a 10-week cycle or 8.8 days for a part-time officer working an average of 16 hours per week or 160 hours over a 10-week cycle.
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. If you have specific questions regarding leave of this nature, please contact your recruitment team for more information.
Whether you're on or off duty, you'll enjoy free travel on London Underground and buses, seven days a week, from the time you have completed your initial police training courses. You can also enter in to our rail travel scheme for heavily discounted rail travel up to 70 miles from central London.
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 as an emergency service with a 24/7 responsibility to the people of London, this may not always be possible.
We also offer a part-time PC career route where new joiners can now train and start their service on a part-time basis. If you are looking for a part time working pattern (0.4 or 0.6 full-time equivalent) you will need to select this option within your PC application process.
In order to meet the needs of the public, there is an expectation that all police officers – those working both full-time and part-time working patterns - can be called upon to work weekends, bank holidays and across all shift patterns.
When you start as a new Police Constable, you'll automatically become a member of the New Police Pension Scheme 2015. This is a CARE (Career Average Revalued Earnings) pension scheme which offers a guaranteed pension with an optional lump sum, based on the earnings you receive during your career.
Both you and the Met will contribute and you will receive tax relief on the contributions you make. If you already have a pension it may be possible to transfer this into the police scheme.
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 glasses if you regularly use a computer.
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
Staff Support Associations to support and represent your needs and/or beliefs and value. Should you wish to contact one of the SSAs before joining to better understand what the association does to promote cultural or personal belief, contact HR to request information on the SSA:
You, your family and friends will be able to access a huge number of subsidised leisure and sporting activities. There are nearly fifty different sports and social associations that you (and in many cases your family) can benefit from joining. For more information on the scope of sports and social activities that we offer, contact your recruitment team to request the information.