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24th February 2023

The National Local Government (NJC) Employer has now made a full and final pay offer for 2023/24.

The offer is

  • A one year (1 April 2023 – 31 March 2024) pay increase of £1,925 (pro rata for part-time employees) to be paid as a consolidated, permanent addition on all NJC points 2-43 inclusive. 
  • An increase of 3.88% on all allowances (as listed in the 2022 NJC Pay Agreement Circular dated 1st November 2022). 

In relation to the other elements of the pay claim, the Employers’ response is

  • A proposal that exploratory ‘without prejudice’ informal discussions are undertaken to map out considerations of how and when the pay spine may be reviewed. 
  • To enter discussions on the broader family leave and pay issues raised in the claim. 
  • To review the wording of school support staff role profiles, to ensure terminology is up to date e.g reflective of technological advances and this will be undertaken by the Job Evaluation Technical Working Group. 

The National Employer rejected the following elements of the Joint Unions pay claim

  • Consideration of a flat rate increase to a minimum rate of £15 per hour, within two years. 
  • A homeworking allowance for staff for whom it is a requirement to work from home. 
  • The request that school support staff job evaluation outcomes be reviewed specifically looking at those whose day-to-day work includes working on SEN.
  • A reduction in the working week by two hours.
  • The introduction of an additional day of annual leave for personal or well-being purposes (to be taken in Term Time for school staff).

What will happen next?

  • Following receipt of the pay offer the Joint Unions are requesting the Employer to enter negotiations on the offer that has been made.
  • The GMB National Local Government and Schools’ Committees will meet to discuss the Employers offer and consider any response or recommendation.
  • On completion of the above, GMB will begin a consultative ballot of members as to whether they wish to accept or reject the offer made. Details will follow in due course.

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