Here's a thing:National pay rates will be scrapped in budget - TelegraphTo save you reading the whole article, George Osborne is proposing the fact that the civil serpents will no longer be 'all of one company' and get paid the same (except London) since it is apparently not fair that if you live and work in a spot where wages are lower then you are overpaid and the whole system is uncompetitve. I can see the logic and if you are e.g. a jobcentre plus DWP employee working in downtown Newcastle then I bet that you are laughing all the way to the bank since not only do you have a job, it pays top $ for the area and you have a great pension (apologies to any Geordies who may be offended). The point is that the same job in say Sevenoaks or Guildford pays the same.Now here's the rub, and I know that the Gov't have shafted the AF with the payrise debacle, and I appreciate that there are different scales of pay for different branches but.....What if they somehow found a way to apply this to the mob? We are after all civil servants, albeit of a very specialised skill set and without Union representation. Does this mean that if you get a draft to Faslane then you get less pay because the cost of living is cheaper? I imagine that there are plenty of Gus rates who are comparitively better off for being in the South West than in Pompey where housing costs are significantly different. ...Just a thought.