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Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Support Staff pay from April

UNISON’s NJC Committee met on Friday 16th March to consider the outcome of its pay consultation ballot. The Committee has decided to conduct a further round of branch consultations that will conclude on Thu 5 April.
Unite’s NJC Committee is expected to announce the outcome of its consultation next Wednesday 21 March.
This means that the outcome of the ballots will not now be known until early April. Many school will not process their payroll until mid April, so we will forward the information as soon as we know the outcome! Please refer to our news item on 7th December with the attached offer that is considered by the employers as the final offer.

As the deal has not yet been finalised and you may not have adopted the new proposed scale until it is, your staff on scale point 6 will be paid below the NMW if you do not award some increase to those staff from 1st April.

The current value of this point falls below the new statutory value for the National Minimum Wage and so it will be unlawful to pay staff at this rate from 1st April. The Local Government Association recommend that you identify those staff affected to ensure that their rate is over the following rates from 1st April:

National Living Wage.

  • £7.83 – workers aged 25 years and older

National Minimum Wage. There are 3 different levels of NMW, depending on age and 1 for apprentices:

  • £7.38 – workers aged 21 to 24.
  • £5.90 – workers aged 18 to 20.
  • £4.20 – the under 18 rate (for workers above school leaving age but under 18).
  • £3.70 – the apprentice rate (for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.)

As always, please contact us for further information and advice if you have any queries.

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