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Current Pay Negotiations

Multi-employer negotiating round 2015-16

The 2015-16 Multi-employer negotiating round will start in February with the commencement of UCEA's three-stage consultation with members - see UCEA Update 15:003 circulated on the 8 January 2015.

Bookings for tone of UCEA’s five consultation events taking place during the second half of February can be made via this page of the website.

HR Directors and other senior officers can access the recently revised UCEA Members' Guide to Negotiations in HE via this page of the website.

More information on the 2015-16 Multi-employer negotiating round will be published shortly. For enquires please contact Sue Endean or Stuart McNicholas


Multi-employer negotiating round 2014-15

The negotiating round for 2014-15 concluded with an agreement, which is due to be implemented from 1 August 2014.

New JNCHES agreement

New JNCHES Agreement 2014-15

UCEA members can download a copy of the New JNCHES pay spine for 2014-15.

Trade union claim 2014-15

The Joint HE Unions submitted two linked national claims; one for pay and one for pay-related equality matters.

Joint HE Trade Union national claim - 2014

Employers' statement

The following documents present the key contextual issues for employers in the 2014-15 negotiations.  These were given to the trade unions at the first negotiating meeting on 26 March 2014:

Employers' statement 2014-15

Employers' briefing document 2014-15

Meeting dates

The parties to New JNCHES held four meeting dates in the 2014-15 negotiations:

  • Wednesday 26 March 2014
  • Tuesday 15 April 2014
  • Thursday 24 April 2014
  • Tuesday 20 May 2014

Summary negotiations for 2014-15

The employers made a full and final offer on pay and pay-related equality matters of:

  • 2% on all pay points from 1 August 2014. 
  • Point 1 of the New JNCHES pay spine would also be increased by an additional £60, which would bring point 1 to the current rate of the Living Wage (£7.65) in those HEIs that have a 35-hour week. 
  • A piece of joint work to explore HEIs’ practices across the sector on the use of the bottom pay points, different weekly hours and the actual hourly equivalent rates of pay. This would enable both sides to assess the use and usefulness of, in particular, point 1 on the 51 point pay spine to inform discussions in 2015-16.
  • Joint work on the gender pay gap in HE.
  • Joint work on hourly-paid and casual staff in HE.

The full and final offer was made on the following understandings:

  • that it would settle the pay negotiations for 2014-15;
  • that it would draw a line under the 2013-14 negotiating round and dispute; and
  • that a requirement is that the trade unions respond to the offer before the commencement of any further industrial action.

The trade unions each consulted their members on the offer.  All five trade unions accepted the final offer, which concluded the pay round for 2014-15 and also drew a line under the dispute for 2013-14 and any industrial action arising from that dispute.

Further information

For more information please contact Nicola Carter

Last updated: 2 June 2014