Queen Elizabeth II has decided to increase the wages of most staff by 5% in recognition of their contributions over the past two years.
“Palace staff will receive a pay rise of 2.5-5%, depending on individual performance, but most will receive an extra 5%,” a royal source said. This is the first time in the past two years that Queen Elizabeth II has agreed Pay raises for Buckingham Palace staff.
Royal source says the decision is not a celebratory reward Platinum Celebrationbut to reward Buckingham Palace staff for “hard work”.
The Queen’s move is said to be to support them through the cost of living crisis, when inflation in the UK has hit nearly 10%, and to thank staff for their handling of the Covid-19 crisis and Prince Philip’s funeral.
Many staff have isolated themselves from the Queen and her husband at Windsor Castle during the UK’s lockdown to prevent Covid-19.
“The decision to raise wages was announced in an internal memo and people were really excited,” a Buckingham Palace employee revealed. “We are struggling with the rising cost of living like everyone else. Thank you, Queen.”
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), between December 2021 and February 2018, the pay rise is 4% higher than the average annual increase of 4% in the UK, excluding bonuses.
Full-time royal employees earn an annual salary of $23,200-$313,000 for the 2020-2021 period and enjoy a variety of compensation policies. The Queen has 499 regular employees and 9 contract workers with a total annual salary fund of $30.1 million.
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