Police Negotiating Board (PNB)


The Police Negotiating Board negotiates the terms and conditions for police officers in Scotland.

We reach agreements,  which we recommend to Scottish Ministers to become part of police regulations and determinations.


We are responsible for negotiating:

  • police officers’ hours of duty, leave, pay, allowances and pensions
  • the issue, use and return of police clothing and equipment

We negotiate with two groups, which are referred to as ‘sides’:

  • the ‘official side’, which includes representatives of the Scottish Police Authority, Police Scotland and Scottish Ministers
  • the ‘staff side’, which has representatives of the police staff associations and Scottish Police Federation

Read a guide to the Police Negotiating Board for more information about what we do.


Our chair is Ian McKay.

Archive content

You can view PNB content prior to 2018 in our archive.

Police Negotiating Board circulars 2021