New Joiner Offer
Chief of Defence People, Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, has written to the Naval Families Federation to inform us that two surveys will be going out to Serving personnel shortly, regarding the New Joiner Offer (NJO) and enhanced flexible working opportunities.
Lieutenant General Richard Nugee recognises that families will be interested in this policy and has stated “we value the input and experiences of our people and want to ensure their lived experiences are heard, understood, and considered as Defence looks to develop its future Offer”.
What is the New Joiner Offer?
The New Joiner Offer Project is seeking to develop a new offer for those who join the Armed Forces from 2020. It aims to improve recruitment and retention whilst reducing costs in the overall reward package through more efficient delivery of reward.
The project is still in the early phases of policy design and is reviewing all aspects of the offer.
What is the MOD developing a New Joiner Offer?
The current offer is failing to attract sufficient numbers of the people Defence needs and has remained broadly similar for many years. Research now shows that the next generation has different expectations of what they want from a career, with a greater focus on variety, choice and flexibility of employment. The MOD feel that they need a new offer that has the flexibility to respond to future societal changes or the Armed Forces offer will become increasingly out of step with the employment expectations of our recruits.
At the same time the cost of the current offer continues to rise. The gradual reduction of the Armed Forces has kept personnel costs stable, but further reductions to the size of the services are not an option. The MOD feel that if they do nothing, the next 10 years will see Defence facing a significant deficit in personnel costs. Defence must live within its means and the New Joiner Offer must achieve savings, but it must also attract and retain the people they need.
When will it be implemented?
The aim is for the New Joiner Offer to be available from 2020.
Who will it apply to?
The New Joiner Offer is intended for new entrants who join the services from 2020.
What does the MOD mean by “enhancing flexible working opportunities?”
The MOD is examining how it can improve flexible working opportunities, building upon existing flexible working and the experiences drawn from the Flexible Duties Trial. Options under development for introduction in 2019 are temporary periods of part-time working and/or limits to separated service. These changes will mean greater continuity between regular and reserve service, the latter of which is expected to benefit from greater access to higher commitment roles amongst regulars.
What is the Enterprise Approach (EA)?
The EA concept phase is exploring alternative terms and conditions of service for members of the Armed Forces, Civil Service, contractors, and people in their supply chain, to support our national security in a different way to how we have done so in the past.
Lieutenant General Richard Nugee:
“As you know, we are looking at developing a modernised offer for our Armed Forces which better reflects the realities of modern life and the UK’s financial position, whilst preserving the elements which reflect the unique demand that armed service imposes on its people.
“We are keen to hear about your views on elements of the Offer, and will be launching two surveys to give Service Personnel the chance to join the conversation and share your ideas on the subject.
“The first of these surveys, launching on 20 June, is on the New Joiner Offer (NJO), which will be open for 3 weeks. The NJO team continue to design a New “Offer” for those wishing to join the Armed Forces in the future, which better meets their expectations through greater variety, choice and flexibility of employment. The team are developing the options which will underline the New Offer and are seeking your views on the components of the Armed Forces offer which you find most attractive. This information will help inform key decisions taken by the NJO project on the type and scale of reward our people value at different stages throughout their careers. The New Joiner Offer will not apply to current serving personnel; however, your experiences in the Armed Forces make your input to this survey invaluable to us.
“The second of these surveys, launching on 10 July, and also open for 3 weeks, will seek views on how we can improve flexible working opportunities, building upon existing flexible working and the experiences drawn from the Flexible Duties Trial. The new options being considered will provide opportunities for Regular personnel such as yourselves to request temporary periods of part-time working and/or limits to separated service for periods of a few years only (giving temporary protection from long exercises or deployments). We need to understand your preferences and attitudes to flexible working, including the options above, in order to refine some of the evidence gathered so far and help inform the policy which we will roll out to all personnel in the future.
“Both surveys can be done on your personal device, should only take 15 or so minutes to complete, and do not ask you for any freetext responses. They are open to all current Regular Service Personnel and NJO will also be surveying potential future recruits.
“Understanding your views is very important to Defence, and I encourage you all to set aside the time to complete these surveys. Please help us to get it right for the future. We will remind you when they launch, so do make sure you don’t miss the chance to be involved.”
“The NJO survey will be available for staff to complete from Tuesday 20 June and will be publicised via the Defence Intranet on the day – Please check the Defence Intranet and your DII emails to ensure you have your say.
“The flexible working survey will be available for staff to complete from Monday 10 July and will be publicised via the Defence Intranet on the day – Please check the Defence Intranet and your DII emails to ensure you have your say.
Both surveys will also be accessible on mobile devices and smartphones.”