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Pay Negotiations Updates

Message from Carolann Begbie, Director of People & Services

Welcome! This page has been created to provide as much information as possible to colleagues in relation to the national pay negotiations process and the University’s local pay deal which has been accepted by our recognised trade unions, EIS and UNISON to end the 2022/2023 pay dispute.

 Details of the local pay deal and implementation FAQ’s are linked below. ​ 

Previous updates on 2022/23 discussions

Update on New JNCHES pay negotiations 2023/24


​​​​​Towards the end of 2022, UCEA agreed with the Trade Unions at a national level to bring forward the 2023/24 pay negotiations, recognising the current cost of living pressures.   

Discussions have been ongoing since January. The trade unions rejected the final offer made by UCEA and all parties agreed to a facilitated dispute process, led by ACAS. Unfortunately, despite all efforts an agreement was not reached and as the dispute process has been exhausted, UCEA have advised employers to implement the final offer.
The final offer of between 8% and 5% from August 2023 is the highest HE pay offer made in nearly 20 years and increases the pay spine by the following percentages from 1 August 2023.

Spinal Column Points



3 to 5


Points removed at Napier

6 to 14


Grade 2

15 to 25


Top of Grade 2; Grade 3 & up to mid Grade 4

26 to 51


mid Grade 4 & above

The final offer includes an interim uplift of £1,000 or 2%, whichever is the greater, implemented on 1 February with the remainder percentage uplift being paid effective from 1 August 2023.

Full details of the 2023/24 pay negotiations are available at  2023-24 New JNCHES pay round (ucea.ac.uk).

​​​​​​​​What this means for us?

Part of the acceptance of the local pay deal, was that there would be no further increases to pay in the current year to 31 July 2023.   This included any nationally agreed pay increases, therefore the proportion of the pay award in February will be deferred.​

We will apply the full percentage uplift effective from 1 August 2023.

The attached table​ shows how these offers impact on your pay.