Payroll & HR update

24 March 2021

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School Teachers’ Pay Review 2021/22

In a recent letter from the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP (Secretary of State for Education) to Dr Patricia Rice (Chair, School Teachers’ Pay Review Body) it was reported that in view of the impact of Covid-19 on the economy, labour market and national fiscal position, it is anticipated that pay awards for the majority of the public sector would be temporarily paused in 2021/22.

Consequently, it is unlikely that (with the possible exception of teachers earning a FTE salary of £24,000 or below) we will see any uplifts to teachers’ pay during this year.

NJC Pay Claim 2021/22

In stark contrast to the tone and spirit of the above-mentioned letter from the Secretary of State, the trade unions have submitted a powerful but somewhat ambitious pay claim of 10% across all spinal column points on the NJC Pay Scale.

It seems highly unlikely that the government will agree to the unions’ demands, or to any increase during 2021/22, but that’s the current situation.  

NJC Staff – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

The Government has announced that there will be an 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.

In accordance with Part 2 Para 7.1 of the Green Book, all employees will be entitled to a holiday with a normal day’s pay on the additional bank holiday (pro rata for part-time employees).

In relation to Term Time only employees, the Green Book Part 4.12 Para 13.12 provides “If the Government announces an additional public holiday(s), a TTO employee’s pay should reflect the additional public holiday or an additional period of paid leave during term-time could be granted

As soon as we receive guidance from the NJC about how this recalculation should be carried out, we will let you know.