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2020 – 2021 pay negotiations


NJC for Local Government Services

October 2019

The National Employers will be meeting on 5 November to receive and discuss the information collected from the regional pay briefings. An offer is unlikely to result from this meeting as this will be the first opportunity the National Employers will have to review and consider the feedback from councils. In addition the National Employers may decide to await the outcome of Brexit and a possible General Election. Brexit brings uncertainty around the economic landscape, while a General Election will impact how the National Employers future proof the new 2019 pay spine points. The current Government has committed to a National Living Wage of £10.50 by 2024, applicable to all over 21’s. However, if we were to see a change of Government, Labour has committed to a £10 minimum wage for all workers over the age of 16 from 1 April 2020. Once an offer is made, negotiations are anticipated to be lengthy as there is likely to be a significant gap between the National Employers’ and Unions’ positions.

July 2019

At a meeting on 24 July 2019 the NJC Trade Unions lodged the 2020 pay claim with the National Employers. The claim is for:

  • a 10% pay increase
  • a one-day increase in annual leave
  • a two-hour reduction in the working week
  • a review of workplace stress and mental health

Councils will be consulted in the usual way through a series of regional pay briefings during September and October. The South East Regional Pay Briefing is on Wednesday 18 September at London Councils offices. In advance of our briefing, we are seeking input from all our councils to help the National Employers understand the picture in our region regarding pay.

May 2019

UNISON’s NJC Committee is consulting its branches on the proposal that the pay claim be for 10% or £10 per hour, whichever is the greater. For reference, the minimum NJC hourly rate wef 1 April 2019 is £9 per hour. 

GMB and Unite are also consulting on what they would like to see included in the pay claim.

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.


JNC for Chief Executives
12 September 2019

ALACE have submitted a pay claim on behalf of Chief Executives for 2020 and beyond. They are seeking a pay award that matches the NJC Local Government Services pay award this year and going forward.

JNC for Chief Officers

A pay claim for 2020 – 2021 has not yet been received.

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.

Update July 2019

Confirmation 2019 Pay Grant for the ongoing costs associated with the 2018 pay award for teachers’.

Guidance issued 3 July

Pension Funding

  • ESFA will make payments covering September 2019 through to March 2020 to local authorities at the end of October 2019, and to academies in early November 2019.
  • Supplementary Fund ……. We will announce details of the fund, including how to apply, in October.
  • Local authority Centrally Employed Teachers …..More details of how local authorities will be able to apply will be provided in October.
  • DfE is publishing more information in the autumn..


Teachers in Residential Establishments

A pay claim has not yet been received for 2020 – 2021.

JNC for Craft Workers

4 October 2019

The JNC Craftworker unions have lodged their pay claim for 2020/21. The claim is similar to the claim for NJC for Local Government Services and is for:

  • A 10% pay rise for all Craft JNC employees (regardless of job title and designation) whose rate of pay is higher than the minimum salaries set out in the Craft JNC 2018-20 pay agreement circular (dated 10 April 2018), but is still contractually linked to the annual settlement reached by the Craft JNC.
  • The uprating of the minimum rates for Craft workers employed directly on JNC grades, benchmarked against average Craft pay rates within local authorities, and industry level collective agreements.
  • A one-day increase to all paid annual leave entitlement set out in the Red Book
  • A two-hour reduction in the standard working week as set out in the Red Book
  • A comprehensive joint national review of the workplace causes of stress and mental health throughout local authorities
  • A significant increase in tool allowance and insurance payments
  • Commitment to the continuation of the Red Book agreement

National Employers are due to meet on 5 November 2019 and will use this meeting to consider the claim and the next steps.

Soulbury Committee

A pay claim has not yet been received for 2020 – 2021.

JNC for Youth and Community Workers

A pay claim has not yet been received from the unions representing those covered by the Pink Book terms and conditions for youth and community workers.

Fire & Rescue Services

A pay claim has not yet been received from the unions representing Brigade Managers or the Fire and Rescue officers.



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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