Following a positive outcome of Unison’s recent ballot, I am pleased to advise that the final stage of the SJC and Chief Officer pay settlements for 2023/24 has been agreed. This applies to Chief Officers and non-teaching staff.
What are the changes?
As you know, we applied new hourly rates in the November pay based on the first part of the agreement reached between employers and trade unions.
The final settlement further increases the hourly rates for a number of spinal column points, previously adopted and applied in your November pay.
In line with this settlement agreement, we are backdating the final hourly rates to the 1st of April 2023.
You can find details of the final 2023/24 hourly rates for each spinal column point including any changes made as part of the agreement on MyCouncilWorks.
When will I receive payment?
The Payroll Team will apply the new hourly rates from the December monthly pay onwards. As we are backdating the new rates to the 1st of April 2023, there will be arrears of pay covering the period from the 1st of April 2023 to the 15th of November 2023 to bring affected colleagues’ pay into line with the settlement. You can expect payment of any arrears due to you by the end of February 2024.
The arrears paid will take into account the interim hourly rates and pay arrears you received in November.
I am sure that you can appreciate the amount of work calculating the changes take for the Payroll Team, along with processing regular pay runs for everyone. Due to the Christmas break and public holidays, this significantly shortens the amount of time the team has available, which is why we cannot process the arrears until February.
Thanks to the team for all their work.
Important information about Universal Credit
If you receive Universal Credit the amount adjusts if your take-home pay changes. This includes awards of backdated pay.
If you receive additional pay within a Universal Credit assessment period (month), your Universal Credit payment will be less than you normally receive, or your income may be too high to qualify for a payment. As payments are calculated based on your personal circumstances, we, as your employer do not know how, or if, you may be affected.
We have provided more information on MyCouncilWorks including who to contact to discuss your Universal Credit and how to reclaim.
Head of Customer and Support Services