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1% pay uplift for 2012-13 is confirmed alongside equality joint working

10 December 2012

UCEA has informed its member HE institutions that the 2012-13 pay negotiations have concluded. The 151 participating HE institutions will now be advising their staff covered by these negotiations of a 1% uplift in their pay. In addition to this employers have agreed to joint working on equality-related issues initially raised in the trade unions’ claim.

The majority of the five trade unions involved – UCU, Unison, Unite and GMB – have accepted or ‘noted’ the pay settlement. Only EIS, which represents academic staff in some Scottish institutions, continues to reject the pay settlement.

Professor Paul Curran, Chair of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) said: "We are pleased to have such a positive outcome to this year's collective negotiations. Employers are committed to fulfilling all elements of the settlement, including joint work with trade unions on equality issues.”

Throughout these New JNCHES* negotiations the employers relayed the HE sector’s concerns relating to the ongoing financial uncertainties and challenging circumstances.  However, the employers remained committed to the 1% final offer, originally made in May 2012, despite the repercussions for many member institutions from the fall in undergraduate recruitment figures this autumn.   


* New JNCHES (Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff)

ENDS


For further information: Please contact Andy Fryer, Communications Manager (a.fryer@ucea.ac.uk) or Marc Whittaker, Communications and Events Officer (m.whittaker@ucea.ac.uk) on 020 7383 2444.
Notes to Editors

The New JNCHES negotiating timetable is a process that usually runs across meetings in March, April and May.  This forum allows for three negotiating meetings (and more if required and agreed to).

The unions’ initial joint pay claim included a 7% increase on the 51 point pay spine.

The uplift applies from 1 August 2012.

Approximately three-quarters of HEI staff are in grades that are covered by the 51 point pay spine.