UCEA 2018-19 HE pay negotiations
UCEA has issued advice to implement the final 2018-19 pay offer of between 2% and 2.7% base pay increase; unions have stated their intention to ballot.
The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA)* has issued advice to its employer members to implement the final pay offer for 2018-19, which represents a sector increase of around 3.5% when service increments are considered.
The final offer - of between 2% and 2.7% increase on base pay, according to pay point - is at the limits of what UCEA believes can be achieved through national bargaining.
The offer has been considered by the five recognised unions over the past few months. GMB has accepted the offer, but UCU, UNISON, Unite and EIS have rejected it and stated an intention to ballot their members for industrial action. UCU, UNISON and Unite are the three unions recognised at Leeds.
The University is considering these latest developments and will keep colleagues updated.
The final UCEA 2018-19 offer (of 10 May 2018), in summary:
- a 2% increase on base pay from 1 August 2018;
- up to 2.76% increase on base pay for salary points 2 to 15 (note: University of Leeds does not employee colleagues on pay point 2);
- further joint work on two important issues: the gender pay gap and casual working arrangements.
Nationally, the 2% base pay increase, plus the service increments that around half the sectors staff are likely to receive, means the offer constitutes a sector pay increase of around 3.5%.
For University of Leeds staff employed on the University salary scales this would mean an annual increase of:
- at least 2% for all staff;
- a greater increase (to the value of £425) for staff on points up to and including point 15, (relevant to grades 2, 3 and 4**), benefitting more than 1350 members of staff;
- at least 5% for staff receiving service increments (2% base pay increase + 3% service increment), benefitting more than 4000 (47%) members of staff.
**The table below, published by UCEA, outlines the percentage increases that this offer equates to.
|Note: Percentage increases are rounded to two decimal points.|
|Pay point||Annual salary value from 1 August 2018 (£)||Percentage increase on 1 August 2017 values|