NJC Pay Award for 2021/22, the School Teachers’ Pay review and Bank Holiday update

6 September 2021

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NJC Pay Claim – 2021/22

On 27th July 2021, the National Employers for local government services made an improved, final offer in respect of the NJC pay rise that is usually implemented every April.

The headline offer was for an increase in pay of 2.75% on scale point 1 and a 1.75% increase on all other scale points. We have since had confirmation that the unions (UNISON, GMB & Unite) will run their respective consultation ballots shortly and these will conclude during late September / early October.

All three unions will be recommending to their members that the pay offer is rejected. Because of this, we are probably looking at a November payroll implementation date (backdated to April 2021) at the earliest but this could well be later if the union members do indeed vote to reject the offer. We will provide you with further update once we know more.

School Teachers’ Pay Review 2021/22

Again, in our previous newsletter we covered a letter sent by Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP (Secretary of State for Education) to Dr Patricia Rice (Chair, School Teachers’ Pay Review Body). In the letter, it was reported that in view of the impact of Covid-19 on the economy, labour market and national fiscal position, it was anticipated that pay awards for the majority of the public sector would be temporarily paused in 2021/22. This included the teachers’ pay award that would normally be implemented every September.

The only teachers who would be entitled to a pay increase in September 2021 were those earning a FTE salary of £24,000 or below (this currently captures Unqualified Teacher Scale Points 1-3). These staff would all be due to receive a pay rise of £250 p/a on the FTE of their scale point.

As things stand, we believe that this proposal is still in place. We are currently awaiting the publication of the School teachers’ pay and conditions document 2021 and once this is released we will implement the pay award for all eligible staff.

NJC Staff – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

In our previous newsletter, we highlighted the 2022 additional bank holiday to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The late May bank holiday will be moved to Thursday 2nd June and an additional Jubilee bank holiday will take place on Friday 3rd June 2022.

Although there has been no official guidance received from the NJC as to how remunerations for TTO staff should be calculated to take the bank holiday into account, we are increasingly confident that salaries will stay as they are and as a result, TTO staff will simply work one day less during the 2021/22 academic year. For example, a TTO employee who normally works 190 days per year (i.e. 38 weeks) will only be required to work 189 days during the 2021/22 academic year, as their school of employment will close for an additional day to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Should we receive any guidance from NJC to the contrary or if there is some additional information published to sit alongside the above then we will provide an update in our next newsletter.