Joint Working

UCEA often works jointly with the HE trade unions on pay-related issues through New JNCHES working groups, usually as a result of a settlement agreement through the national multi-employer pay negotiations.

Equal Pay Working Group 2017

The New JNCHES settlement for the 2016-17 negotiating round included a commitment to establish a joint Working Group to update the New JNCHES Equal Pay Review Guidance, with the following objectives:

  • to explain the difference between equal pay analysis and the examination of where pay gaps exist within the workforce, and the need for both activities
  • to reflect new gender pay gap reporting requirements across the nations in the UK; and a focus on action planning
  • to incorporate checklist material and links to other resources to assist HEIs in formulating action plans
    The work starts in March 2017 and will run until the summer 2017.

The first meeting was held on 21 March 2017, and the work is expected to run until the early summer 2017. The full terms of reference can be viewed here:

New JNCHES Equal Pay Working Group 2017-18 Terms of Reference

Variable Hours and Fixed Term Teaching Staff in HE 2017

The New JNCHES settlement for the 2016-17 negotiating round includes a commitment to establish a joint working group with the following objectives:

  • to produce a report that explores practice in a sample of HEIs in their use of variable hours contractual arrangements, with a particular focus on those where changes have been made through dialogue with staff representatives
  • to produce a report on HEIs’ practice in relation to the support of individuals engaged on fixed term arrangements delivering teaching

Initial meetings were held on 14 March and 15 May 2017, and the work will run until the summer 2017. The full terms of reference can be viewed here:

New JNCHES Working Group on Variable Hours and Fixed-term Teaching staff 2017-18 - TOR
 

New JNCHES Pensions Discussion Group

The Group was established to:

  • Exchange views on pensions provision across the sector
  • Inform discussions in New JNCHES
  • Discuss the impact of all issues that affect pension schemes
  • Discuss the impact of government regulation on pensions provision and any consequent changes
  • Promote pensions as a valuable and attractive part of remuneration to attract and retain high quality staff in the sector

Previous groups

  • Review of pay data
  • Hourly Paid and Casual Staff Working Group (2014-15)
  • Gender Pay Working Group (2014-15)
  • New JNCHES Training and Development Forum
  • Equality Technical Group - on the review of equal pay review guidance (2013)
  • New JNCHES Equalities Working Group (2010-11)
  • New JNCHES Pay Framework and Data Research Group (2010-11)
  • New JNCHES Sustainability Issues Working Group (2010-11)

Most of these groups culminated in joint working reports.

For more information on any of the working groups, please contact Nicola Carter.