Security on the cheap
“GOLD standard” Australian security staff will have to accept a 60 per cent pay cut to keep their jobs protecting Australian diplomats in one of the world’s most dangerous cities – Kabul in Afghanistan.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade last week awarded a three-year contract to British firm Aegis Defence Services after it undercut the former contractor Hart Security Australia with a three-year $72.3 million bid.
For the elite close personal protectors Aegis is offering a pay rate of $394-a-day (taxed) compared to the $773-a-day (tax free) paid by Hart.
Less qualified static guards will take a bigger pay cut.