A final 2017-2018 pay offer from UCEA is with trade unions for consultation

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) and Higher Education trade unions have held a series of meetings as the New Joint Negotiation Committee for Higher Education Staff to discuss the 2017-18 pay offer.

Over the course of the meetings, the original offer was improved and trade unions are now consulting with their members about the final offer.

The main points of the final UCEA 2017-18 offer, are:

  • a 1.7% increase on base pay from 1 August 2017
  • higher percentage increases (rather than 1.7%) for grades 1, 2 and 3
  • further joint work on two important issues: the gender pay gap and casual working arrangements

Nationally, the 1.7% base pay increase, plus the service increments that around half the sector's staff are likely to receive, means the offer constitutes a sector pay increase of around 3.2% (without counting the extra uplift on points 2 to 16).

For York staff employed on University salary scales this would mean an annual increase of:

  • an increase of at least 1.7% for all staff
  • higher than 1.7% for staff up to Grade 3.7, benefitting over 600 people
  • 4.7% for staff receiving service increments (1.7% base pay increase + typical 3% increment) benefitting 58% of staff on Grades 1-8, over 2,150 people

All unions will consult their members on the final offer and noted at the final meeting that the outcome was the best that could be achieved through these negotiations.

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