Latest updates about support staff pay negotiations

July 2019

The recognised unions have submitted the following pay claim for 2020/21, to be payable from April 1st 2020:

  • A 10% increase in pay
  • A one day increase to the minimum paid annual leave entitlement
  • A two hour reduction in the standard working week
  • A comprehensive joint national review of the workplace causes of stress and mental health throughout local authorities

The Local Government Association (LGA) will be consulting Councils during September and October, and will respond to the Union claim after that.

April 2018

  • Agreement has now been finalised on a two year pay deal for employees covered by the Local Government bargaining arrangements, which includes maintained and (most) academy school support staff.
  • The agreement is for a two-year pay increase, payable from 1 April 2018. The majority of employees - those on Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) salaries starting at £19,430 per annum - will receive an uplift of 2 per cent on 1 April 2018 and a further 2 per cent on 1 April 2019, with those on lower salaries receiving higher increases.

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.

NJC Support Staff Salary Spine - 1 September 2018 

Per Annum          Pay Point                             Per Annum

13                           Deleted                               34 27,481

14                           16,000                                  35 28,371

15                           16,500                                  36 29,256

16                           Deleted                             37 30,062

17                           17,000                                  38 30,869

18                           17,350                                  39 31,678

19                           17,700                                  40 32,485

20                           18,000                                 41 33,291

21                           18,400                                   42 34,101

22                           18,780                                 43 34,907

23                           19,381                                  44 35,796

24                           20,070                                  45 36,685

25                         20,765                                   46 37,571

26                           21,451                                  47 38,459

27                           22,142                                  48 39,430

28                           22,828                                  49 40,316

29                           23,496                                   50 41,283

30                           24,162                                   51 42,252

 31                          24,947                                  52 43,223

 32                          25,725                                  53 44,192

33                           26,593                                 54 45,161

Inner London 3,859          Outer London 2,571           Fringe 1,019          

Support Staff Standards Payment  320 p.a.       

Local government pay scale for support staff

New spine point April 19 - National April 19- Outer London April 19 - Inner London
1 £17,364 £20,103 £21,231
2 £17,711 £20,466 £21,612
3 £18,065 £20,835 £22,002
4 £18,426 £21,210 £22,398
5 £18,795 £21,591 £22,800
6 £19,171 £21,981 £23,211
7 £19,554 £22,377 £23,628
8 £19,945 £22,779 £24,054
9 £20,344 £23,187 £24,486
10 £20,751 £23,607 £24,927
11 £21,166 £24,030 £25,377
12 £21,589 £24,462 £25,833
13 £22,021 £24,903 £26,298
14 £22,462 £25,353 £26,772
15 £22,911 £25,809 £27,255
16 £23,369 £26,274 £27,744
17 £23,836 £26,745 £28,245
18 £24,313 £27,228 £28,752
19 £24,799 £27,717 £29,271
20 £25,295 £28,215 £29,796
21 £25,801 £28,725 £30,333
22 £26,317 £29,241 £30,879
23 £26,999 £29,766 £31,434
24 £27,905 £30,213 £32,001
25 £28,785 £30,708 £32,577
26 £29,636 £31,548 £33,162
27 £30,507 £32,430 £33,759
28 £31,371 £33,291 £34,128
29 £32,029 £33,945 £34,986
30 £32,878 £34,794 £35,637
31 £33,799 £35,724 £36,486
32 £34,788 £36,711 £37,413
33 £35,934 £37,842 £38,403
34 £36,876 £38,799 £39,543
35 £36,876 £39,774 £40,491
36 £36,876 £40,728 £41,466
37 £36,876 £41,706 £42,432
38 £36,876 £42,681 £43,404
39 £41,675 £43,590 £44,373
40 £42,683 £44,607 £45,288
41 £42,683 £45,585 £46,293
42 £44,632 £46,560 £47,274
43 £45,591 £47,511 £48,252

Special educational needs

April 2017 April 2018 April 2019
£1,239 £1264 £1289