2020 Pay Relativity Guidance for managers

Introduction

  1. The College is committed to offering a total reward package that is equitable, fair and appropriately reflects the College’s standing as a world-leading university based in London. 
  2. Annually, the HR Division undertakes a benchmarking exercise to review the College’s salaries against the Russell Group, London Higher Education Sector and London market pay rates.  This information is shared with the Provost’s Board to aid their review of the College’s approach to pay and benefits. Members of staff may also access this information on the College’s Salaries, Terms and Conditions website.
  3. All members of staff must be given equal treatment and considered fairly.  When reviewing individual salaries, this must be free from bias in relation to age, ethnic origin, gender, gender reassignment, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy or bias on any other grounds.  Part-time staff, staff on family-friendly leave, and staff on fixed-term contracts should not be treated any differently from other staff.  
  4. The College is committed to ensuring that all staff understand the core requirements for their role and will ensure they have access to the support and appropriate training to enable them to be both effective within their role and develop a career at Imperial. 
  5. Managers whose responsibilities require them to make decisions on pay are encouraged to attend the College’s Recruitment and Selection and Unconscious Bias Training, reward briefings and to work closely with their Strategic HR Partner.
  6. There is commitment to the principles of equal pay for work of equal value and therefore all new posts are subject to the Hay Job Evaluation Scheme to determine the appropriate grade and pay for posts.  However, the College recognises that operating within an International and London market means that there are exceptional situations in which the market may dictate the need for higher pay in relation to certain disciplines/professions that may be in high demand and consequently that the College’s standard salary range for a role is insufficient to attract applicants or retain existing members of staff. 

Pay Relativity

  1. The Pay Relativity process is designed to objectively review each member of staff’s salary in line with benchmark information or relevant Pay Progression Framework in order to ensure parity between colleagues undertaking similar roles (and with similar performance), take account of external changes in the pay market, and recognise excellent performance.
  2. The timetable for Pay Relativity reviews is determined by each Faculty, IC Business School and Support Services. 
  3. The Faculty/IC Business School/Support Services are supplied with each member of staff’s total salary and internal benchmark data relevant to the area, along with the external published benchmark data.
  4. Members of staff may request a meeting with their manager to discuss their salary and to see the internal benchmark data only.  They cannot request to see other members of staff’s salaries.
  5. In line with criteria seven, the Faculties/IC Business School/Support Services areas can decide if one-off non-pensionable payments are considered either as part of their annual pay review process or during the course of the year.  If cases are to be considered throughout the year, it is expected that an individual would not normally receive an award more than once in a given year.  Payment will be pro-rated for part-time staff.   The approach taken by the area will be published with the timetable information.
  6. To be recommended for an award, the member of staff will need to be judged to have met one of the criteria listed in paragraph nine below.   
  7. The Faculties/IC Business School/Support Services areas can agree their own local governance to review recommendations.  To ensure consistent and fair application, Faculties and departments should not inform staff of the decision of the local review until the submissions have been approved by the Director of HR.

Three Pay Relativity Criteria 

For 2020, pay reviews are possible where it is appropriate:

  • To aid retention of staff, based on external benchmark data
  • To address equal pay differentials
  • To recognise substantial and sustained exceptional ongoing individual achievement beyond the expectations of excellent performance in the role

COVID-19 Criteria

The College is grateful of the whole community’s effort, hard work and commitment during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the approach to this year’s Pay Award for all staff has taken this into consideration.

One-off payments relating to COVID-19 may be recommended for those who have demonstrated substantial and exceptional achievement in the following:

  • Moving teaching to multimode
  • Moving the student experience online / remote
  • Supporting staff to move to work remotely
  • Moving College processes online / remote
  • Creating and implementing new College-level COVID-19 polices and processes
  • Specific exceptional research related to COVID-19 (individual faculties to determine)

Departments should carefully consider any recommendations directly related to COVID-19 and be aware that each member of staff’s experience and pressures resulting from COVID-19 will have been different. 

Awards may be made in the form of a financial payment or benefit up to 0.5% of your pay budget. 

Advanced Research Fellow

In 2019 a new salary structure was introduced for the Research job family and introduced the grade Advanced Research Fellow.  For those employed on the Research salary scale at the College prior to 1 April 2019, this will not affect pay progression but will affect job grade and job title. For employees who commenced employment on or after 1 April 2019, the decision to move to the Advanced Research Fellow grade will be considered as part of pay relativity, following the process below:

  • All individuals on spine point 24, the highest point on the Research Fellow grade, are eligible to be recommended by their Head of Department (subject to Dean’s approval) for consideration to move to the Advanced Research Fellow grade.
  • The recommendation should note evidence of progress on the way to meeting the criteria for promotion to Senior Research Fellow. Further information and the required criteria can be found on the Advanced Research Fellow tab on the Research job family webpage.   

Monitoring and Review                                                           

HR will be responsible for ensuring consistency and fairness in the process.  An annual review will be carried out by HR and this will be reported to the Provost’s Board and share with staff as part of the Pay and Benefit review.

Average Level of Salary Increase or One-off Non-Pensionable Payment

The table below shows the guideline salary increases and one-off non-pensionable payments by grade:

 

Salary Increase

One-Off Payment

Grade

Lower Quartile

Upper Quartile

Lower Quartile

Upper Quartile

Research - Level A

£1,000

£1,700

£1,000

£1,400

Research - Level B

£1,300

£2,000

£1,000

£2,000

Research - Level C

£1,500

£3,000

£1,500

£3,000

Research - Level D

£2,000

£3,000

£2,000

£3,000

Research – Level E

£3,000

£4,000

£2,200

£3,000

Lecturer

£3,000

£4,000

£2,500

£3,000

Senior Lecturer

£3,000

£4,500

£2,500

£3,000

Reader

£3,000

£4,500

£2,500

£3,000

Professor

£3,000

£5,000

£3,000

£5,000

Level 1a

£600

£650

£750

£800

Level 1b

£650

£700

£750

£800

Level 2a

£700

£1,000

£750

£1,000

Level 2b

£800

£1,000

£850

£1,000

Level 3a

£900

£1,000

£900

£1,000

Level 3b

£1,000

£1,500

£1,000

£1,500

Level 4

£1,500

£2,000

£1,000

£2,000

Level 5

£1,800

£3,000

£2,000

£3,000

Level 6

£2,500

£4,000

£2,500

£4,000

Level 7

£3,000

£4,500

£3,000

 £4,500