New Local Government And Schools Pay Proposals

10 Oct 2014

As notified yesterday, GMB and the other trade unions along with the local government employers agreed a set of pay proposals that can go forward for consultation.  I will be setting out the details of that consultation next week but in the meantime the proposals, covering the two year period of 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2016, are set out below for your information –

• £1,065 (8.56%) on SCP5 with effect from 1 January 2015
• £1,000 (7.93%) on SCP6 with effect from 1 January 2015
• £800 (6.19%) on SCP7 with effect from 1 January 2015
• £550 (4.13%) on SCP8 with effect from 1 January 2015
• £350 (2.55%) on SCP9 with effect from 1 January 2015
• £325 (2.32%) on SCP10 with effect from 1 January 2015

• 2.20% on SCPs 11 and above with effect from 1 January 2015

• Removal of SCP5 with effect from 1 October 2015

• £325 non-consolidated payment on SCPs 5, 6 & 7 to be paid in December 2014

• £150 non-consolidated payment on SCPs 8, 9 & 10 to be paid in December 2014

• £100 non-consolidated payment on SCPs 11-25 incl to be paid in December 2014

• 0.45% of proposed new salaries on SCPs 26-49 incl, of which £100 to be paid in December 2014 and the remaining balance to be paid in April 2015

In addition the parties want to improve working relations at NJC level and have also put forward the following statement –

Both Sides recognise that local government is undergoing a period of unprecedented change. The way that public services are designed and delivered is evolving at a rapid pace and against this background the NJC agrees that councils and their workforce need collective agreements that:

• reward employees fairly and recognise the diverse needs of the workforce
• attract, retain and train people with the skills needed for the future
• enable local service providers to react more quickly to changing circumstances
• facilitate effective partnership working and collaboration across organisations
• remove or modify existing barriers to ensure employees can move more easily between different public sector employers

The NJC remains committed to national collective bargaining and aims to ensure that the bargaining machinery can reflect and support new ways of working. The NJC will focus on producing outputs that are relevant, fair and beneficial to both employers and those employed to provide public services.

The pay proposals are complex and will be explained in the consultation materials next week with worked examples but I hope it is useful to have early sight of the terms that will be consulted on.