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Current Pay Negotiations

Multi-employer negotiating round 2017-18

The dates for the negotiating meetings for the 2017-18 round were:

  • Thursday 30 March 2017
  • Tuesday 4 April 2017
  • Thursday 27 April 2017

Final offer

At the end of the third negotiating meeting on 27 April, the employers made a full and final offer of 1.7% on all spine points, with 2.4% on the lowest point and consequent extra loading for the first 16 spine points. This equates to an hourly rate on the bottom spine point of £8.45 based on a 35 hour week. The employers also offered further joint work on gender pay gaps. Full details of the final offer are outlined in the document below:

Detail of the final offer made on 27 April 2017

The unions noted at the final negotiating meeting that the outcome reached is the best that could be achieved through negotiations. UNISON and GMB conducted member consultations in June and confirmed in early July that both unions agreed to accept the final offer. UCU is conducting a member consultation in July. Unite and EIS are both conducting further branch consultations, which are expected to conclude in August.

Papers shared with the trade unions ahead of the final negotiating meeting

In preparation for the final negotiating meeting the employers shared the following briefing documents with the trade unions:

Briefing note on senior pay in HE - 25 April 2017

Inflation and earnings note for the TUs - 27 April 2017

Employers' response to the joint trade union claim to establish a Scottish sub-committee of New JNCHES

Offer made on 4 April 2017
At the second negotiating meeting, on 4 April 2017, the employers improved their offer from 1.2% to 1.5%, with extra loading to 1.8% for the lowest point. The employers also responded to all non-pay elements in the unions’ claim. Further details can be downloaded below:

Detail of the offer and responses made by the employers - 4 April 2017

Employers' Statement 2017-18
The employers' statement ahead the 2017-18 negotiations was submitted to the trade unions on 28 March, outlining the context within which the year's negotiations are taking place.
Employers statement 2017-18

List of participating employers

List of participating employers, as at 28 March 2017

Joint HE Trade Union Pay Claim 2017-18
The pay claim submitted to UCEA on 22 March can be found below:

Trade unions' joint pay claim 2017-18 

Employers' supporting materials
The following paper was submitted by UCEA at the first negotiating meeting on 30 March 2017:

Representation of table from the unions' claim - income and expenditure

Page last updated April 2017