UCEA conducts collective pay negotiations with the five HE trade unions - UCU, UNISON, Unite, EIS and GMB - on behalf of a significant number of UK HE institutions. This is done through the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (JNCHES). UCEA member institutions decide individually whether they will participate in each negotiating round to address the uplift to be applied to the national pay spine, covering their employees below Professor and equivalent. 147 HE institutions participated in the 2019-20 negotiating round.
The negotiations take place annually, between March and May. Details of the current or most recent 'pay round' can be found below, as can the pay outcomes for previous years, and general information on the JNCHES arrangements.
Current Pay Negotiations
Previous Pay Settlements
An overview of the arrangements for HE collective pay negotiations
The arrangements were established following the Framework Agreement for the Modernisation of HE pay structures (2003)