That's why I agree with the way the Aussies set up their pay system, even though it is an eye chart.
10 sets of "General Service" pay (not including specialist officers like doctors, lawyers, dentists, etc)
- Each trade is in that pay scale, e.g. Cook is pay scale 1 and Pilot is pay scale 10
- Each rank has 2 IPCs
There's a whole other chart with Aircrew, SDA, etc equivalents as well as incentives for languages (other than the official ones), etc. If you have a language profile in Bahasa Indonesia or something, you get extra pay for it.
However, I would love to be a fly on the wall when the trades bun-fight over what will on which pay scales
But, to bring it back to Recruiting, the ADF is having huge (arguably bigger) issues with recruiting and retention too.