Latest updates about support staff pay negotiations

The recognised unions have accepted this years' final pay offer of 2.75%, payable from April 1 2020. Employers should now make every effort to implement it, including the backdated monies due, at the earliest opportunity. The NEU will be encouraging reps to ensure that employers have implemented the support staff pay rise as part of this term’s workplace campaigning on pay.

Part of the deal includes an increase in the minimum annual leave allowance from 21 to 22 days for employees with less than five years’ service. The National Agreement (Green Book) Part 2, Para 7.2 will therefore, with effect from April 2020, be amended to read as follows:

7.2 Annual Leave. The minimum paid annual leave entitlement is twenty-two days with a further three days after five years of continuous service. The entitlement as expressed applies to five day working patterns. For alternative working patterns an equivalent leave entitlement should be calculated.

See NEU advice on implementation which sets out action points in order to ensure that every member in every school receives the appropriate pay increase.

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-19

01-Apr-20

per annum

per hour

per annum

per hour

1

£17,364

£9.00

£17,842

£9.25

2

£17,711

£9.18

£18,198

£9.43

3

£18,065

£9.36

£18,562

£9.62

4

£18,426

£9.55

£18,933

£9.81

5

£18,795

£9.74

£19,312

£10.01

6

£19,171

£9.94

£19,698

£10.21

7

£19,554

£10.14

£20,092

£10.41

8

£19,945

£10.34

£20,493

£10.62

9

£20,344

£10.54

£20,903

£10.83

10

£20,751

£10.76

£21,322

£11.05

11

£21,166

£10.97

£21,748

£11.27

12

£21,589

£11.19

£22,183

£11.50

13

£22,021

£11.41

£22,627

£11.73

14

£22,462

£11.64

£23,080

£11.96

15

£22,911

£11.88

£23,541

£12.20

16

£23,369

£12.11

£24,012

£12.45

17

£23,836

£12.35

£24,491

£12.69

18

£24,313

£12.60

£24,982

£12.95

19

£24,799

£12.85

£25,481

£13.21

20

£25,295

£13.11

£25,991

£13.47

21

£25,801

£13.37

£26,511

£13.74

22

£26,317

£13.64

£27,041

£14.02

23

£26,999

£13.99

£27,741

£14.38

24

£27,905

£14.46

£28,672

£14.86

25

£28,785

£14.92

£29,577

£15.33

26

£29,636

£15.36

£30,451

£15.78

27

£30,507

£15.81

£31,346

£16.25

28

£31,371

£16.26

£32,234

£16.71

29

£32,029

£16.60

£32,910

£17.06

30

£32,878

£17.04

£33,782

£17.51

31

£33,799

£17.52

£34,728

£18.00

32

£34,788

£18.03

£35,745

£18.53

33

£35,934

£18.63

£36,922

£19.14

34

£36,876

£19.11

£37,890

£19.64

35

£37,849

£19.62

£38,890

£20.16

36

£38,813

£20.12

£39,880

£20.67

37

£39,782

£20.62

£40,876

£21.19

38

£40,760

£21.13

£41,881

£21.71

39

£41,675

£21.60

£42,821

£22.20

40

£42,683

£22.12

£43,857

£22.73

41

£43,662

£22.63

£44,863

£23.25

42

£44,632

£23.13

£45,859

£23.77

43

£45,591

£23.63

£46,845

£24.28

Special educational needs

April 2019 April 2020

£1289

£1,324

    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