NJC Pay Offer for Local Government & School Workers 2024/25

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The National Employers (NJC) have made a full and final pay offer for 2024/25.

The offer is for (all with effect from 1st April 2024)

  • An increase of £1,290 (pro rata for part-time employees) to be paid as a consolidated, permanent addition on all NJC pay points 2 to 43 inclusive.
  • An increase of 2.50% on all pay points above the maximum of the pay spine but graded below deputy chief officer (in accordance with Green Book Part 2 Para 5.41)
  • An increase of 2.50% on all allowances (as listed in the 2023 NJC pay agreement circular dated 1 November 2023)

The recognised Unions (GMB, Unison & Unite) had submitted a pay claim for

  • An increase of at least £3,000 or 10% (whichever is greater) on all spinal column points.

Employers rejected the following elements of the pay claim:

  • A two-hour reduction in the working week, with no detriment.
  • An additional day of annual leave for personal or well-being purposes (with term time only staff also receiving a full day rather than a pro rata amount, that they can use at any time, including term time)
  • A phased approach to reaching a minimum pay rate of £15 an hour in a maximum of two years, sooner if possible.

In response to the other element of the pay claim regarding reviewing gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps, the employer’s position is: "

"The LGA monitors councils statutory reporting of the Gender Pay Gap, providing annual updates through the LG Inform platform. This year, the LGA will be undertaking a programme of work which will include examining how councils report any pay gaps across their workforce, particularly in relation to employees with certain protected characteristics. The National Employers propose the NJC Joint Secretaries discuss options for working together to capture pay gap information that will be of most benefit to the sector.”

What happens next?

 Your joint local government and schools committees will meet to discuss the final offer received. All members will then be asked to take part in a consultative ballot on whether they wish to accept or reject the offer.

More details will follow shortly. Please ensure your contact details, including your email address are up to date so that you can take part and have your say on pay. You can update your details here.