Perhaps one reason as to why personnel employment numbers have been decreasing is fluctuating defense spending in the UK. Since 2008/2009, defense spending has decreased by approximately 3.5 billion British pounds, which may have affected average annual salaries. Additionally, a breakdown of UK defense spending shows that despite spending reductions, research and development, as well as foreign military aid have seen substantial growth.
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