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2018 pay negotiations


NJC for Local Government Services

April 2019

In March, the LGA conducted a light touch snapshot survey of councils regarding where they are with implementation of the new pay spine.

Headline summary as follows:

There were 238* responses, of which…

  • On national pay, 198
  • On local pay, 40, of which 3 have or will be returning to national pay

 Has new pay spine been implemented in April so employees will receive new pay rates by May?

  • Yes, 183
  • No, 15

 Delay agreed / discussed with TUs?

  • Discussed and agreed, 3
  • Discussed but not agreed, 9
  • Neither discussed nor agreed, 3

 Has new spine necessitated wider changes eg, grade restructure?

  • Yes, 44
  • No, 154

 *London Councils conducted its own separate survey: Ready for implementation: 30 ‘yes’, 1 ‘no’ and 2 on local pay bargaining.


13 March 2019

The NJC issued a circular and an updated version of the Green Book.

1 March 2019

The NJC issued a circular regarding the review of the Job Evaluation Scheme.

For updates on the Term Time Only Review please see our dedicated page.

On 10 April 2018 the NJC confirmed that a two year pay deal had been reached. GMB and UNISON had voted to accept the agreement and, while Unite had voted to reject the offer they recognised the collective majority decision of the other unions.

The two year pay deal provides for percentage increases in the first year to recognise cost of living increases. The second year of the deal includes the assimilation of the existing spinal column points onto a new spinal column to ensure that Local Government remains an ‘above minimum wage employer’.

NJC LGS Pay 2018-19 Circular

On 14 June 2018 the NJC circulated FAQ’s to support councils working towards assimilating their current pay structure to the 2019 revised structure.

In November 2018 the LGA clarified the application of the pay award for April 2019, following discussions across the regions.

“It appears that a small number of councils might be confusing the rules to be applied in assimilating those on scp 18 upwards and those below that point.  The rule (as reflected in in the pay circular assimilation table) for those at scp 18 upwards is that they move across to the nearest pay point that ensures an increase of at least 2% on 1 April 2019. For existing spine point 6-17 the approach is different.  To merely apply the 2% rule would mean (for example) that spine points 6 to 11 would all assimilate into new point 1; this would go against one of the main joint aims of the negotiations which was to address the compression of differentials in recent years. The assimilation table in the NJC circular dated 10 April 2018 must be applied as written, if authorities are to implement the changes in line with the national agreement.  The element of local flexibility relates to the question as to the chronology of any increment due on 1 April and assimilation, as we’ve previously discussed.”

December 2018 Update

The LGA have issued a quick update on issues relating to the pay spine.

Thanks for all your responses to our quick snapshot survey, we had 129 responses. The key national findings were:

  • Excluding those on local pay, 98 councils had begun discussion with their unions while 17 had yet to do this we would hope that in the time between the information being gathered and now that the number who had yet to begin any discussions will have reduced significantly.
  • In terms of whether to assimilate and then award any increment or vice versa (including information from London’s separate survey) the position was
    • Increment/assimilate 61
    • Assimilate/increment 37
    • Undecided 61
  • In terms of the concern about issues arising from assimilation, there was slightly more concern about some very short grades arising than about very long grades, but in some cases councils were concerned about both.  The general sense was that it was too early for any widespread pattern to emerge about how councils planned to respond to these issues, although several councils did indicate that they had decided to not use the non assimilation spine points because of concern about lengthy grades.
  • It was also too early for a clear pattern to emerge with regard to how councils who pay the Living Wage Foundation rate are factoring that into any discussions about their pay structures going forward noting that the NJC minimum hourly rate in April next year will match the LWF national rate.

The LGA will aim to repeat a relatively light touch national intelligence gathering in early February 2019.

JNC for Chief Executives

On 8 June 2018 a revised two year pay offer was made to the JNC for Chief Executives for Local Authorities. The offer of 2% for each of the two years was accepted by ALACE shortly after. Pay Offer for Chief Executives

JNC for Chief Officers

On 12 July 2018 agreement was reached on a two year pay deal for Chief Officers. Chief Officers Pay – 2018/19 and 2019/20 Agreement

Teachers - STPCD
School teachers’ pay and conditions document

The latest document can be found in our Education Resources section along with other useful documents and links.

Teachers’ pay rise funding

In the summer of 2018 the Government announced that it would fully fund the pay rise for all classroom teachers. It has since emerged that this will not apply to centrally employed teachers (CETs), the majority of which provide music tuition. Through a recent letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, and through media work, the LGA are seeking assurances from the Government that it will meet the cost of the additional 1 to 2.5 per cent salary rise for CETs, estimated to be £5.5 million. The LGA and SEE have reiterated that the burden cannot fall on councils, given the existing financial pressures.


Teachers in Residential Establishments

31 October 2018

Agreement has been reached on the pay and allowances award for teachers in residential establishments. Full details are contained in circular 211.

JNC for Craft Workers

Following their consultative ballots, GMB members have voted to accept the pay offer and Unite members have voted to reject. However, Unite will not be taking any further action in support of their pay claim. So agreement has now been reached between the national employers and the JNC trade union side on rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2019. Craft Pay Circular July 2018

Soulbury Committee

The trade union side for Soulbury Committee, which represents educational improvement professionals, educational psychologists and managers of young people and community services employed by local authorities, has submitted a pay claim.

The LGA issued a consultation document for those authorities who still employ people on Soulbury terms and conditions seeking input on aspects of the pay claim.

Update – 15 August 2018

We responded to the officers’ side (NEU, AEP, Prospect) on 18 July with an offer of 2% for 2018 and 2% for 2019 on all pay points on the Soulbury pay spines and allowances. We also agreed to further discussions on reform of the pay spines and terms and conditions on a without prejudice basis. The staff associations are now undertaking a consultation on this and we are awaiting a response which will hopefully be by the end of the month and which will led to a pay settlement. This will then be communicated to authorities and staff association branches.

Update – October 2018

Agreement has been reached on the pay award for 2018/19 for those on Soulbury terms and conditions. Details can be found in joint circular 213.

Update – November 2018

The Soulbury Workforce Earnings Survey Report has been published. The survey was conducted in order to gather information about educational improvement professionals, educational psychologists and young people’s/community service managers. The information collected relates to pay and grading, working status, vacancies, workforce characteristics, recruitment difficulties, and information about recruits.  

JNC for Youth and Community Workers

A pay claim has been received for the unions representing those covered by the Pink Book terms and conditions for youth and community workers. The headline claim is for 5% or £1000, whichever is greater, on all grades and allowances to be payable from September 2018. Plus a further 5% or £1000 on all grades and allowances from September 2019.

The LGA consulted employers who have people engaged on these terms about aspects of the claim.


Update from LGA – 15 August 2018

We responded to the staff side trade unions (UNITE,UNISON, NEU and UCU) on 13 July with an offer which consisted of removal of pay point 2 in 2019, additional cash payments on points 2-6 for 2018 and 2019 and 2% for 2018 and 2% for 2019 on all of the remaining pay points on the youth and community support worker and professional spines and allowances. We also agreed to further discussions on evening working practices, ETS accreditation for playworkers and apprenticeships in the sector. The staff side trade unions are currently undertaking a consultation on this and we hope to receive a response later this month which will hopefully lead to a pay settlement. This will then be communicated to authorities and union branches.

Update – October 2018

Agreement has been reached on the youth and community workers pay award for 2018/19. For full details please see circular 212.

Fire & Rescue Services
Brigade Managers

January 2018

The LGA circulated the first annual pay survey report based on the survey conducted in 2017. The survey and report cover a number of issues relating to those in Brigade Manager roles:

  1. Pay
  2. Gender
  3. Ethnic origin
  4. Age
  5. Use of Gold Book pay rates by FRAs who do not employ Brigade Managers on Gold Book terms and conditions

July 2018

The NJC issued a circular with the agreed pay award of 1% on 2017 rates effective from 1 January 2018 and 2% on 2017 rates effective 1 July 2018.


October 2018

The FBU submitted the pay claim for Fire and Rescue officers in October. An interim pay uplift of two per cent for 2018 has been agreed for firefighters, pending the conclusion of negotiations on broadening the range of activities that operational staff can undertake. Details are contained within the circular issued by the Joint Secretaries who aim to finalise what the broadened role could look like in the months that followed. Whatever figure may be finally agreed and over what period, from a national perspective anything above 2% in any year will require additional funding across the UK and so a dialogue continues with the Home Office and devolved administrations.



November 2018

The LGA conducted a survey of coroners’ pay in August 2018, following the latest national agreement on coroners’ pay outlined in JNC circular 62 dated 8 January 2018. The report has been complied from the responses received.

30 November 2018

Agreement has been reached on a two year pay deal by the JNC for Coroners.




Other Pay Resources

SEE member organisations can find more information about different aspects of pay.

More information about these negotiations and the historical settlements.

Subsistence Allowances

Pay and Conditions Documents

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