2019/20 pay offer to be implemented in September

The sector pay body (UCEA) has issued advice to employers, including Leeds, to implement the base pay increase of between 1.8% and 3.65%, depending on pay point.

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has issued advice to its employer members to implement the final pay offer. All employees on the University’s salary scale will receive the increase in their September pay, backdated to 1 August 2019.

The offer has been considered by the five recognised unions – GMB, UCU, UNISON, Unite and EIS – who have all rejected it and stated an intention to ballot their members for industrial action. UCU, UNISON and Unite are the three unions recognised at Leeds.

We will be implementing the 2019/20 pay offer now so colleagues can benefit from the pay increase as soon as possible.

2019-2020 final pay offer

For colleagues employed on our salary scales, the final offer means:

  • at least 1.8% base pay increase for all employees (see new salary pay points on the HR website)
  • base pay increases of between 1.82% and 3.65% for colleagues on points 2-16 on the pay spine (1.8% for point 17 and above)
  • removal of spine point two from the 50-point pay scale from 1 April 2020, meaning the lowest pay point will be point three.

The basic 1.8% to 3.65% pay increase is just one element of total pay, reward and recognition.

Pay increases for approximately half of our colleagues also include service increments, promotion and other contribution-related pay increases (additional scale increments, discretionary increments and one-off payments).

More than 4,000 (45%) colleagues receive at least 4.8% when taking service increments into account (1.8% base pay increase + 3% service increment, paid at the appropriate service date). 

Francesca Fowler, Director of Human Resources, commented: 

“Given the unprecedented challenges impacting our financial sustainability as a sector, we believe that the final offer made by the employers’ representatives, UCEA, is a fair one. Those individuals on lower pay points on the scale - where cost of living pressures are felt most keenly - will again receive percentage increases slightly higher than those further up the scale, and approximately half of University of Leeds colleagues will benefit from additional increases - over and above the 1.8% base pay uplift - resulting from service increments, contribution-related payments, and promotions.”

The table below, published by UCEA, outlines the percentage increases this offer equates to up to pay point 20.

Colleagues can see all the salary pay points and full grading structure on the HR website.

Salary from 1 August 2018 (£)

Salary from 1 August 2019 (£)

% increase

2

15,842

16,420

3.65%

3

16,146

16,736

3.65%

4

16,460

17,046

3.56%

5

16,766

17,361

3.55%

6

17,079

17,682

3.53%

7

17,408

18,009

3.45%

8

17,751

18,342

3.33%

9

18,189

18,709

2.86%

10

18,688

19,133

2.38%

11

19,202

19,612

2.14%

12

19,730

20,130

2.03%

13

20,275

20,675

1.97%

14

20,836

21,236

1.92%

15

21,414

21,814

1.87%

16

22,017

22,417

1.82%

17

22,659

23,067

1.80%

18

23,334

23,754

1.80%

19

24,029

24,461

1.80%

20

24,771

25,217

1.80%

Please note: Percentage increases are rounded to two decimal points.

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