Joint Trade Unions Pay Claim 2021/22

Our pay claim continues to be focussed on maintaining, at a minimum, the value of pay at Imperial since we left national bargaining in 2005. The targeted nature of this claim assumes the continuance of existing efforts to address the ethnicity, gender and disability pay gaps as well as staff workloads.

The plot below shows the cumulative increase in median pay (£35,000 in 2005) from the annual settlements up to 2020. This is compared to the local cost of living as calculated by KCL up to 2019 as a London CPIH. Last year we projected forward a 2019 figure which turned out to be an underestimate of London CPIH. This year we are basing our claim on the most recent direct comparison that can be made, in 2019: our pay had fallen 2.1% below the cost of living compared to 2005.

While the starting point of the comparison corresponds to the first year of local pay settlements, it should be noted that if compared instead to 2008, the cumulative median pay settlement at Imperial has fallen 10.9% behind London CPIH.

 
 

Cumulative increase in median pay from annual settlements up to 2020

This chart shows the cumulative increase in median pay (£35,000 in 2005) from the annual settlements up to 2020.

 
 

However, at this point we are limiting our claim to an increase in all salaries by the 2.1% shortfall in the value of our pay since 2005. This should be applied across the board to reflect the efforts at all levels in continuing to meet the challenges of delivering Imperial’s academic mission under COVID[1]19. In the interests of reaching a timely agreement, if this limited claim can be met, we will put it immediately to our members with a recommendation to accept.