The salaries for the vital professions have been a topic of discussion for years. But exactly how high (or low) are the wages for these positions? This week we take a closer look at the salary of a police officer.
What do you earn when you are just starting out?
Depending on your previous education, you will end up in salary scale 6 (1,976 to 3,159 euros gross, 36 hours), 7 (2,060 to 3,425 euros) or 8 (2,435 to 3,882 euros), says Maarten Brink, project leader of the collective labor agreement at the ACP police union.
Who deserves what?
Scale 6 is for ‘regular’ officers with three stripes, scale 7 for chief officers with four stripes, scale 8 for brigadiers. Then you still have scale 9 (2,562 to 4,244 euros) for inspectors, and to qualify for scales 10 and 11 (2,866 to 5,228 euros) you must be a chief inspector. Even higher in rank (and scale) you have the commissioner, chief commissioner and first chief commissioner. Police officers on the street generally fall under scale 6 to 9.
How do you climb up?
Everyone who works for the police earns so-called OVW points, which are awarded for ‘inevitably aggravating working conditions’, such as dealing with violence, criminal pressure or irregularity. If you get enough points, you will automatically move on to the next salary scale.
Brink: “It differs per position how many of those points you can earn, but you don’t actually have to do anything for it, except perform your job.” You will not automatically receive the rank associated with the following scale, but you will also receive it without much effort over time as long as you get good ratings. At least up to scale 9, because from there different requirements and conditions apply.
Are there any extras?
There are. For example, if you have been employed for 12.5, 25, 40, 45 or 50 years, you will receive a certain percentage of your monthly salary (increasing from 25 to 100 percent) as a bonus. Furthermore, a large part of the police salary consists of irregularity allowances.
“Anyone who makes a commitment to the mobile unit will receive a fee of EUR 34.39 gross per day.”
Anyone who works at night or during the weekend will receive 4.34 euros gross extra per hour. Weekend night shifts yield 6.51 euros gross extra per hour. For a standby service where you must be continuously available and deployable, you will receive an extra 2.18 euros gross per hour. Anyone who makes a commitment to the mobile unit (ME) will receive a fee of EUR 34.39 gross per day. In addition, there is 8 percent holiday pay and a ‘thirteenth month’ of 8.33 percent.
It could be worse, but why, according to the police, should something more be allowed?
Police officers’ work is often dangerous and unpredictable. The trade union may do more in return than what is currently being offered. In addition, seventeen thousand police officers will retire in the coming years and there is far too little capacity to fill the gaps they leave behind, says Brink. “The union has been warning about it for years, and now it is too late to solve it quickly. The training will be shortened to get police officers out on the streets faster, but it will still take three years. We have the next few years there. little to it. “
Many police teams are simply short of manpower, which is at the expense of the safety of both police officers and civilians. “It takes longer to get to the scene, if we can get there at all.”