27 May 2022

To the Joint Trades Unions’ Local Pay Representatives – FULL AND FINAL OFFER

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Dear Colleagues

Without prejudice

Thank you for your written response to the College offer which we received on 16 May 2022 and discussed at our meeting on 17 May 2022.

You shared your concerns about the rising inflation and increased energy costs and the impact of these on your members. We fully acknowledged and understood that these are challenging times for all staff.

It was also accepted that all parties, including the College, would be challenged by these difficult times, as reflected in the two previous updates you received on the College financesand the risks the current inflation and energy costs present for us as a  STEM institution.

We shared your recognition and celebration of the hard work undertaken by staff to achieve excellent REF results. As discussed in the meeting, in the current climate with other Government priorities and the current Research England Quality Related (QR) allocation formula, an increase in QR is not guaranteed. We will hear about any impact later in the year.

College Pay Full and Final Offer 2022/23

The negotiating team on behalf of Provost’s Board have considered your revised pay claim of “8% with a £4k floor and £8k ceiling”. Unfortunately, we are unable to meet this request, as it would be a recurring cost of circa £44m (including £15.6m externally funded costs). The College are extremely grateful for the level of commitment and hard work staff have continually shown. As such, we intend to move straight to an increased full and final offer for 2022/23, the cost of which is £17.5m:

  • 3.3% pay increase across the board, subject to a:
  • £1,500 minimum payment
  • £3,300 maximum payment

The distribution of the award in this way (excluding any incremental increases) for the 52- point pay scale means there will be a greater increase to salaries for the lower to middle paid staff, who may be more affected by inflation and energy costs: Please see proposed payscale at Appendix A:

• Staff earning £22,309: 8.5% increase
• Staff earning £22,610: 8.15% increase
• Staff earning £22,909: 8% increase
• Staff earning between £23,685 and £44,624: 6.33% to 3.36% increase
• Staff earning between £45,796 up to £100,000: 3.3% increase
• Staff earning above £100,000: 3.3% increase reducing to 1.1% increase by £300,000

The 29-point pay scales will increase by between 3.3% and 4.09%

Please would you now take this offer to your members. Our offer is made on a without prejudice basis and we would appreciate a response by Monday 20 June 2022. We will now post all relevant correspondence on the College webpages.

Yours sincerely

Audrey Fraser on behalf of the College negotiating team

Cc: Harbhajan Brar – Director of HR
Richard Craster – Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences
Tony Lawrence – Director of Finance
Tim Venables – Faculty Operating Officer, Faculty of Engineering
Lynne Cox – Director of Research Office
Jane Neary – Director of Campus Services
Lois Wiggins – HR Reward Manager
Amy Morton – HR Group Senior Coordinator
Iram Sher – HR Administrator (Reward, Engagement & Policy)

CC: Staff side representatives
Tom Pike – UCU
Vijay Tymms – UCU
Amanda Sackur – UCU
Tanya Hunt – Unison
Tahreen Dwan – Unison
Susan Parker – Unite
Andrew Murray – Unite

For Appendix A please see PDF Document