Pay 2022-23: pay increase to be implemented in August
Employees on University pay scale set to receive a basic pay increase of at least 3%. Many members of staff to receive more.
Following the conclusion of the national joint negotiations and dispute resolution process, the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association (UCEA) has advised employers to implement this year’s pay offer.
This means, that, effective from 1 August 2022, colleagues employed on the University of Leeds’s pay scale will receive:
- Base pay increases of between 3.1% and 7.5% for colleagues on spine points up to and including 19;
- Base pay increase of 3% for all colleagues on spine points 20 and above (including Grade 10 colleagues and those on the Professorial pay scale);
- In addition, around 50% of eligible colleagues will receive an automatic increment point within their grade.
This increase in base pay will be applied in the August salary payments and will be in addition to any service or discretionary incremental increases which will happen as normal over the course of coming months.
The updated pay scales reflecting the base increases can be found below.
Building a fairer future for all
The University recognises that this nationally negotiated pay settlement comes at a challenging time for many members of staff, given the cost of living issues that are affecting all parts of society. This pay increase is in addition to steps we’ve taken at Leeds which aim to improve conditions for colleagues and help us build a fairer future for all. These commitments were announced recently:
- From October 2022, all staff will receive one additional day’s annual leave entitlement (pro rata) and our University closure days will extend to include the full day on Maundy Thursday. We will also prioritise a review of special leave arrangements;
- Reviewing and improving our Employment terms - including our ongoing work on the use of fixed-term contracts, with other contract types to follow;
- Reviewing our local pay and grading structures;
- Making a one-off payment of £650 (not pro-rated) in July to all staff in roles up to and including grade 6. Eligible staff are able to choose whether to receive this in full as retail vouchers or as a cash payment through payroll, (subject to normal tax and NI deductions).
- Reducing pay gaps, managing workloads and understanding their impact on health and wellbeing.
Pay Increase for Clinical Academics
- The pay uplift for medical and dental consultants in England from 1 April 2022 has been agreed in line with the relevant guidance produced by NHS Employers.
- Following the principle of pay parity, the rates are the same as those awarded to comparable NHS staff.
- Salaries for medical and dental consultants have been increased by 3%, from 1 April 2022.
- Salary scales for doctors and dentists in training were increased earlier this year by 2%, (effective from 1 April 2022) and there are no further increases for this group of staff.
Trades unions’ position
Five higher education trades unions are recognised nationally under the national pay negotiations: EIS, GMB, UCU, UNISON and Unite. Following the final negotiating meeting in May, UCU, UNISON, Unite and EIS confirmed they were in dispute over the final offer. As a result, UCEA held two dispute resolution meetings, as required under the national pay negotiations agreement (‘New JNCHES Agreement’).
During the dispute resolution process, UCEA listened to the unions’ views on the final offer and, exceptionally, undertook a further focused consultation with participating HE institutions on the level of the final offer. At the final dispute resolution meeting, UCEA confirmed that there was no current scope to improve the level of the pay offer at a national level and all parties have agreed that the dispute resolution process has concluded. The unions remain in dispute over the outcome and UCEA have confirmed that the final offer can be implemented.
Final 2022-23 pay offer: new salary spine points
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