Latest updates about support staff pay negotiations

June 2022

The recognised trade unions have submitted the pay claim for 2022/23 (operative from April 1st 2022):

  • A substantial increase with a minimum of £2,000 per annum or the current rate of RPI - whichever is greater - on all spinal column points 
  • A COVID-19 recognition payment 
  • A national minimum agreement on homeworking policies and the introduction of a home working allowance
  • An urgent review of all mileage rates currently applying
  • A review and update of Green Book terms for family leave and pay
  • A review of term time only contracts and consideration of retainers
  • A reduction in the working week (without loss of pay) to 35 hours (34 in London)
  • One additional day of annual leave

The Employers Side of the National Joint Council (NJC) are in the process of conducting pay consultations with employers throughout the country to get their views on affordability and aim to respond to the NJC union side by mid-July with their response.

March 2022

Agreement has been reached on pay for 2021/22.

The settlement means that eligible support staff on pay spine points 2 and above will receive a 1.75% per annum rise, payable from April 2021, with staff on point 1 receiving a 2.75% rise.

This is the offer first made by the employers on July 27 2021.

Employers have been encouraged to implement the award, including backdated monies, as swiftly as possible.

The employers have also agreed to recommence the review of Term-Time Only working arrangements, which was paused at the outbreak of the pandemic.

Finally, if requested by an ex-employee to do so, employers have been asked to pay any monies due to that employee from 1 April 2021 to the employee’s last day of employment.

Previous updates

In November, NEU support staff members in the state sector are currently being consulted on this years pay offer.

The recognised trade unions - Unison, GMB and Unite - have already rejected the employers' final offer of 1.75%, payable from April 1st 2021, and are moving towards conducting strike ballots to continue the fight against the below-inflation offer.  Now NEU is asking support staff members their view and whether they would be willing to lend support including potentially by taking part in strike action if any other unions which do so.

State Sector support staff members are asked to complete the short survey circulated by email by no later than Monday November 22nd.

In August, Unions rejected the latest pay offer for state sector education support staff and are considering balloting for industrial action.

The National Employers side of the National Joint Council (NJC) has made what it described as its “final” offer on July 27.

It included a 1.75 per cent rise for the vast majority of staff, but with a 2.75 per cent increase in pay for anyone earning less than £18,198 (Full Time Equivalent – FTE) a year.

An earlier offer of 1.5 per cent across the board was rejected by the trade unions represented on the NJC. The unions’ original pay claim in February was for a minimum of ten per cent and a 35-hour working week.

Any final agreement on pay will be backdated to April 1st.

The employers have made the following one-year offer to the unions representing the main local government NJC workforce:

  • With effect from 1 April 2021, an increase of 1.50 per cent on all NJC pay points 1 and above
  • Completion of the outstanding work of the joint Term-Time Only review group.

The employers have also proposed that the NJC begins immediate exploratory discussions on three other elements of the claim, as follows:

  • A national minimum agreement on homeworking policies for all councils
  • An agreement on a best practice national programme of mental health support for all local authorities and school staff
  • A joint review of the provisions in the Green Book for maternity/paternity/shared parental/adoption leave

The trade unions have written to the National Employers to reject the 1.50% pay offer and have asked for urgent talks.

The employers will consider the unions’ letter and respond in due course.

The trade unions lodged the following pay claim for ‘Green Book’ staff, to be payable from April 1 2021: 

  • A substantial increase with a minimum of 10% on all spinal column points 
  • Introduction of a homeworking allowance for all staff who are working from home 
  • A national minimum agreement on homeworking policies for all councils 
  • A reduction of the working week to 35 hours with no loss of pay, and a reduction to 34 hours a week in London. Part-time staff to be given a choice of a pro rata reduction, or retaining the same hours and being paid a higher percentage of FTE 
  • A minimum of 25 days annual leave, plus public holidays and statutory days, for all starting employees, plus an extra day holiday on all other holiday rates that depend on service 
  • An agreement on a best practice national programme of mental health support for all local authorities and school staff 
  • A joint review of job descriptions, routes for career developments and pay banding for school support staff, and completion of the outstanding work of the joint term-time only review group 
  • A joint review of the provisions in the Green Book for maternity/paternity/shared parental/adoption leave 

Maintained sector

Most LA schools use the local government pay rates to pay their support staff in conjunction with National Joint Council (NJC) terms and conditions.

However, this can vary between local authorities, which means it is not possible to be prescriptive about the rate of pay support staff will receive. An employee's contract should state their rate of pay, the point on the local government pay scale that refers to, and how the rate will increase on an incremental basis to a certain point.

Academies and Free Schools

Whilst academies have the freedom to establish their own policies for pay and conditions, nearly all stand-alone academies and all Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) have maintained the link to the Local Government pay arrangements, which means that they adhere to the pay agreements reached periodically, and also use the Local Government pay spine and the National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service – otherwise known as the Green Book.

Free schools have the ability to set their own pay, terms and conditions, without reference to the maintained sector.

Independent schools

Support staff in most independent schools are employed on a range of terms and conditions that are determined by their individual contracts Details of support staff pay should be included in a written school pay policy, and school policies on employment-related matters should be published in a staff handbook or on the school’s intranet.

In more than 100 independent schools, the NEU is recognised by the employer for collective bargaining purposes, and in most instances, the Recognition Agreement covers teachers and support staff. This means that NEU members at the school negotiate with management on their pay, hours, holidays and other matters.

Local government pay scale for support staff

SCP

01-Apr-21

01-Apr-20

per annum

per hour

per annum

per hour

1

£18.333

£9.50

£17,842

£9.25

2 £18516  £9.60 £18.198 £9.43

3

£18,887

£9.79

£18,198

£9.43

4

£19,264

£9.99

£18,562

£9.62

5

£19,650

£10.19

£18,933

£9.81

6

£20,043

£10.39

£19,312

£10.01

7

£20,043

£10.39

£19,698

£10.21

8

£20,444

£10.60

£20,092

£10.41

9

£20,852

£10.81

£20,493

£10.62

10

£21,269

£11.02

£20,903

£10.83

11

£21,695

£11.25

£21,322

£11.05

12

£22,129

£11.47

£21,748

£11.27

13

£22,571

£11.70

£22,183

£11.50

14

£23,023

£11.93

£22,627

£11.73

15

£23,484

£12.17

£23,080

£11.96

16

£23,953

£12.42

£23,541

£12.20

17

£24,432

£12.66

£24,012

£12.45

18

£24,920

£12.92

£24,491

£12.69

19

£25,419

£13.18

£24,982

£12.95

20

£25,927

£13.44

£25,481

£13.21

21

£26,446

£13.71

£25,991

£13.47

22

£26,975

£13.98

£26,511

£13.74

23

£27,514

£14.26

£27,041

£14.02

24

£28,226

£14.63

£27,741

£14.38

25

£29,174

£15.12

£28,672

£14.86

26

£30,095

£15.60

£29,577

£15.33

27

£30,984

£16.06

£30,451

£15.78

28

£31,895

£16.53

£31,346

£16.25

28

£32,798

£17.00

£32,234

£16.71

30

£33,486

£17.36

£32,910

£17.06

31

£34,373

£17.82

£33,782

£17.51

32

£35,336

£18.32

£34,728

£18.00

33

£36,371

£18.85

£35,745

£18.53

34

£37,568

£19.47

£36,922

£19.14

35

£38,553

£19.98

£37,890

£19.64

36

£39,571

£20.51

£38,890

£20.16

37

£40,578

£21.03

£39,880

£20.67

38

£41,591

£21.56

£40,876

£21.19

39

£42,614

£21.56

£41,881

£21.71

40

£43,570

£21.60

£42,821

£22.20

41

£44,624

£22.58

£43,857

£22.73

42

£45,648

£23.66

£44,863

£23.25

43

£46,662

£24.19

£45,859

£23.77

44

£47,665

£24.71

£46,845

£24.28

Special educational needs

April 2021 April 2020

£1,347

£1,324

Outer London Pay Spines

From 1 April 2021 an increase of 2.75% on point 1 and 1.75% on all other points rounded up to the multiple of £3.

Outer London 2019

Spine

Outer London 2019

Rate

Outer London Apr 2020

Rate

Outer London Apr 2021

New Rate

1

£20,103

£20,658

£21,228

2

£20,466

£21,030

£21,399

3

£20,835

£21,408

£21,783

4

£21,210

£21,795

£22,179

5

£21,591

£22,185

£22,575

6

£21,981

£22,587

£22,983

7

£22,377

£22,995

£23,400

8

£22,779

£23,406

£23,817

9

£23,187

£23,826

£24,243

10

£23,607

£24,258

£24,684

11

£24,030

£24,693

£25,128

12

£24,462

£25,137

£25,578

13

£24,903

£25,590

£26,040

14

£25,353

£26,052

£26,508

15

£25,809

£26,520

£26,985

16

£26,274

£26,997

£27,471

17

£26,745

£27,483

£27,966

18

£27,228

£27,978

£28,470

19

£27,717

£28,482

£28,983

20

£28,215

£28,992

£29,502

21

£28,725

£29,517

£30,036

22

£29,241

£30,048

£30,576

23

£29,766

£30,585

£31,122

24

£30,213

£31,044

£31,590

25

£30,711

£31,557

£32,112

26

£31,548

£32,418

£32,988

27

£32,430

£33,324

£33,909

28

£33,291

£34,209

£34,809

29

£33,948

£34,884

£35,496

30

£34,794

£35,751

£36,378

31

£35,724

£36,708

£37,353

32

£36,711

£37,722

£38,385

33

£37,842

£38,883

£39,564

34

£38,799

£39,867

£40,566

35

£39,774

£40,869

£41,586

36

£40,728

£41,850

£42,585

37

£41,706

£42,855

£43,605

38

£42,684

£43,860

£44,628

39

£43,590

£44,790

£45,576

40

£44,607

£45,834

£46,638

41

£45,585

£46,839

£47,661

42

£46,560

£47,841

£48,681

43

£47,511

£48,819

£49,674

44

£48,492

£49,827

£50,700

45

£49,464

£50,826

£51,717

46

£50,448

£51,837

£52,746

47

£51,450

£52,866

£53,793

48

£52,482

£53,928

£54,873

49

£53,544

£55,017

£55,980

50

£54,597

£56,100

£57,084

51

£55,638

£57,171

£58,173

52

£56,682

£58,242

£59,262

53

£57,735

£59,325

£60,366

54

£58,779

£60,396

£61,455

55

£59,823

£61,470

£62,547

56

£60,879

£62,556

£63,651

57

£61,929

£63,633

£64,749

58

£62,970

£64,704

£65,838

59

£64,023

£65,784

£66,936

60

£65,367

£67,167

£68,343

61

£66,732

£68,568

£69,768

62

£68,127

£70,002

£71,229

63

£69,561

£71,475

£72,726

64

£71,016

£72,969

£74,247

65

£72,438

£74,433

£75,738

Inner London Pay Spine

From 1 April 2021 an increase of 2.75% on point 1 and 1.75% on all other points rounded up to the multiple of £3.

Inner London 2019

Spine

Inner London 2019

Rate

Inner London Apr New

Rate

Inner London Apr 2021

New Rate

1

£21,231

£21,816

£22,416

2

£21,612

£22,209

£22,599

3

£22,002

£22,608

£23,004

4

£22,398

£23,016

£23,421

5

£22,800

£23,427

£23,838

6

£23,211

£23,850

£24,270

7

£23,628

£24,279

£24,705

8

£24,054

£24,717

£25,152

9

£24,486

£25,161

£25,602

10

£24,927

£25,614

£26,064

11

£25,377

£26,076

£26,535

12

£25,833

£26,544

£27,009

13

£26,298

£27,024

£27,498

14

£26,772

£27,510

£27,993

15

£27,255

£28,005

£28,497

16

£27,744

£28,509

£29,010

17

£28,245

£29,022

£29,532

18

£28,752

£29,544

£30,063

19

£29,271

£30,078

£30,606

20

£29,796

£30,618

£31,155

21

£30,333

£31,170

£31,716

22

£30,879

£31,731

£32,289

23

£31,434

£32,301

£32,868

24

£32,001

£32,883

£33,459

25

£32,577

£33,474

£34,062

26

£33,162

£34,074

£34,671

27

£33,759

£34,689

£35,298

28

£34,128

£35,067

£35,682

29

£34,986

£35,949

£36,579

30

£35,637

£36,618

£37,260

31

£36,486

£37,491

£38,148

32

£37,413

£38,442

£39,117

33

£38,403

£39,462

£40,155

34

£39,543

£40,632

£41,346

35

£40,491

£41,607

£42,336

36

£41,466

£42,609

£43,356

37

£42,432

£43,599

£44,364

38

£43,404

£44,598

£45,381

39

£44,373

£45,594

£46,392

40

£45,288

£46,536

£47,352

41

£46,293

£47,568

£48,402

42

£47,274

£48,576

£49,428

43

£48,252

£49,581

£50,451

44

£49,203

£50,559

£51,444

45

£50,184

£51,567

£52,470

46

£51,162

£52,569

£53,490

47

£52,140

£53,574

£54,513

48

£53,133

£54,597

£55,554

49

£54,174

£55,665

£56,640

50

£55,233

£56,754

£57,750

51

£56,289

£57,837

£58,851

52

£57,333

£58,911

£59,943

53

£58,380

£59,988

£61,038

54

£59,421

£61,056

£62,127

55

£60,480

£62,145

£63,234

56

£61,515

£63,207

£64,314

57

£62,565

£64,287

£65,415

58

£63,630

£65,382

£66,528

59

£64,656

£66,435

£67,599

60

£65,712

£67,521

£68,703

61

£67,053

£68,898

£70,104

62

£68,427

£70,311

£71,544

63

£69,813

£71,733

£72,990

64

£71,256

£73,218

£74,502

65

£72,705

£74,706

£76,014

    Sixth Form Colleges NJC support staff salary spine

    Current Pay Points

    2018/19

    New NJC Support Staff Pay Spine

    1st September 2019

    NJC

    Pay Point

    1st April 2020

    NJC

    Pay Point

    1st January 2021

    13

    Deleted

    14

    £16,000

    1

    £16,240

    1

    £16,825

    1

    £17,246

    15

    £16,500

    1+

    £16,748

    £17,471

    £17,907

    16

    Deleted

    17

    £17,000

    2

    £17,255

    2

    £17,471

    2

    £17,907

    18

    £17,350

    3

    £17,610

    3

    £17,830

    3

    £18,276

    19

    £17,700

    4

    £17,966

    4

    £18,190

    4

    £18,645

    20

    £18,000

    5

    £18,270

    5

    £18,535

    5

    £18,998

    21

    £18,400

    6

    £18,676

    6

    £18,909

    6

    £19,382

    22

    £18,780

    7

    £19,062

    7

    £19,300

    7

    £19,782

    23

    £19,381

    8

    £19,672

    8

    £19,918

    8

    £20,416

    24

    £20,070

    9

    £20,371

    9

    £20,626

    9

    £21,141

    25

    £20,765

    10

    £21,076

    10

    £21,340

    10

    £21,873

    26

    £21,451

    11

    £21,773

    11

    £22,045

    11

    £22,596

    27

    £22,142

    12

    £22,474

    12

    £22,755

    12

    £23,324

    28

    £22,828

    13

    £23,170

    13

    £23,460

    13

    £24,047

    29

    £23,496

    14

    £23,848

    14

    £24,147

    14

    £24,750

    30

    £24,162

    15

    £24,524

    15

    £24,831

    15

    £25,452

    31

    £24,947

    16

    £25,321

    16

    £25,638

    16

    £26,279

    32

    £25,725

    17

    £26,111

    17

    £26,437

    17

    £27,098

    33

    £26,593

    18

    £26,992

    18

    £27,329

    18

    £28,013

    34

    £27,481

    19

    £27,893

    19

    £28,242

    19

    £28,948

    35

    £28,371

    20

    £28,797

    20

    £29,157

    20

    £29,885

    36

    £29,256

    21

    £29,695

    21

    £30,066

    21

    £30,818

    37

    £30,062

    22

    £30,513

    22

    £30,894

    22

    £31,667

    38

    £30,869

    23

    £31,332

    23

    £31,724

    23

    £32,517

    39

    £31,678

    24

    £32,153

    24

    £32,555

    24

    £33,369

    40

    £32,485

    25

    £32,972

    25

    £33,384

    25

    £34,219

    41

    £33,291

    26

    £33,790

    26

    £34,213

    26

    £35,068

    42

    £34,101

    27

    £34,613

    27

    £35,045

    27

    £35,921

    43

    £34,907

    28

    £35,431

    28

    £35,873

    28

    £36,770

    44

    £35,796

    29

    £36,333

    29

    £36,787

    29

    £37,707

    45

    £36,685

    30

    £37,235

    30

    £37,701

    30

    £38,643

    46

    £37,571

    31

    £38,135

    31

    £38,611

    31

    £39,577

    47

    £38,459

    32

    £39,036

    32

    £39,524

    32

    £40,512

    48

    £39,430

    33

    £40,021

    33

    £40,522

    33

    £41,535

    49

    £40,316

    34

    £40,921

    34

    £41,432

    34

    £42,468

    50

    £41,283

    35

    £41,902

    35

    £42,426

    35

    £43,487

    51

    £42,252

    36

    £42,886

    36

    £43,422

    36

    £44,507

    52

    £43,223

    37

    £43,871

    37

    £44,420

    37

    £45,530

    53

    £44,192

    38

    £44,855

    38

    £45,416

    38

    £46,551

    54

    £45,161

    39

    £45,838

    39

    £46,411

    39

    £47,572

    40

    £46,847

    40

    £47,432

    40

    £48,618

    41

    £47,877

    41

    £48,476

    41

    £49,688

    42

    £48,931

    42

    £49,542

    42

    £50,781

    43

    £50,007

    43

    £50,632

    43

    £51,898

    44

    £51,107

    44

    £51,746

    44

    £53,040

    45

    £52,232

    45

    £52,885

    45

    £54,207

    46

    £53,381

    46

    £54,048

    46

    £55,399

    47

    £54,555

    47

    £55,237

    47

    £56,618

    48

    £55,755

    48

    £56,452

    48

    £57,864

    49

    £56,982

    49

    £57,694

    49

    £59,137

    50

    £58,236

    50

    £58,964

    50

    £60,438

    51

    £59,517

    51

    £60,261

    51

    £61,767

    52

    £60,826

    52

    £61,587

    52

    £63,126

    53

    £62,164

    53

    £62,942

    53

    £64,515

    54

    £63,532

    54

    £64,326

    54

    £65,934

    55

    £64,930

    55

    £65,741

    55

    £67,385

    NJC Support Staff London and Fringe Area Allowances at 1st September 2019

    Inner London

    £3,917

    Outer London

    £2,610

    Fringe

    £1,034

    At 1st April 2020

    Inner London

    £3,966

    Outer London

    £2,643

    Fringe

    £1,047

    At 1st January 2021

    Inner London

    £4,065

    Outer London

    £2,709

    Fringe

    £1,073