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University salaries and stipends: Notice

23 February 2004

National pay offer

1. The current negotiations between the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) and the trade unions have resulted in a proposal for a two-year pay award. In the first year, to take effect from 1 August 2003, it is proposed that there is an increase to salaries of 3.44% or £550, whichever is the greater, and in the second year, to take effect from 1 August 2004, an increase on 2003-04 pay rates of 3%.

2. The two-year pay award is being linked by the UCEA to acceptance by the trade unions nationally of a framework agreement. This framework agreement is intended to facilitate the modernization of pay arrangements in the sector (including supporting the achievement of equal pay for work of equal value) through the introduction of grading methods and new pay structures into institutions. Institutions are expected to complete the implementation of these new arrangements by 1 August 2006.

National negotiations on pay

3. After balloting their members, the trade unions representing support staff have accepted the offer. NATFHE is still negotiating on a number of issues but, once negotiations have been concluded, is likely to recommend acceptance to members. The AUT have not accepted the offer. Having balloted their members on 13 January 2004 they have opted for industrial action.

4. The UCEA recommended that subscribers pay the first-year pay increase to support staff. Accordingly, the Council agreed that the year one award should be paid to the University's assistant staff and the increase in salary was implemented in the December 2003 payroll.

5. The UCEA has also strongly recommended that member institutions should not pay the increase for non-clinical academic and academic-related staff unless agreement has been reached locally on the implementation of revised pay arrangements.

Proposal

6. Much work will be needed to produce arrangements which are appropriate in the Cambridge context and, inevitably, this will take time. With this in mind, the Council recommend that authorization be given to pay the first-year increase as soon as practicable.

7. The effect of the first-year pay increase would be to uplift stipends and associated payments for non-clinical academic and related staff by 3.44% with effect from 1 August 2003. The general scale of stipends setting out the proposed percentage increase for each step, with effect from 1 August 2003, is shown in the attached Schedule.

8. The authorization of the increase for some University offices, listed in Schedule I of the regulations on Stipends (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 650) requires a Grace of the Regent House. Increases in the stipends of other offices, listed in Schedules II and III (Statutes and Ordinances, pp. 650-4), may be authorized by the Council and by the General Board respectively. Increases to offices listed in Schedules II and III have customarily been approved by the Council and the General Board, subject to the Regent House approving increases to the offices listed in Schedule I. The Council are accordingly submitting a Grace to the Regent House (Grace 1, p. 503) for the approval of the appropriate percentage increases in the stipends of University offices listed in Schedule I and in all associated payments (for example supplementary and discretionary payments). The Council and the General Board have approved the increases referred to above in the stipends of all University offices listed in Schedules II and III and analogous unestablished posts, subject to approval of the Grace.

9. In the case of contract research staff and other staff supported on non-central funds, payment of the increase will be conditional on funds being made available to meet the cost of the increase from the relevant funding source.

10. In the near future it is intended to outline proposals for the adoption of a common grading methodology and new pay structures in a Report. Once these have been considered by the Regent House and wider consultation in the University has been undertaken, detailed proposals will be incorporated into a second Report for approval by the Regent House.

SCHEDULE

The general scale of stipends for University offices

 Stipend from
1 August 2002
Stipend from
1 August 2003
Step££
113,10513,655
214,11714,667
315,12915,679
416,15016,706
517,20617,798
618,26518,893
719,27919,942
820,31121,010
921,12521,852
1022,19122,954
1123,29624,097
1224,12124,951
1325,45126,327
1426,27027,174
1527,33928,279
1628,49829,478
1729,62130,640
1830,66031,715
1932,12533,230
2033,06534,202
20A33,67934,838
2134,19435,370
2235,95037,187
2336,71237,975
2437,62938,923
2538,04139,350
2638,68140,012
2739,95841,333
2841,38642,810
28A143,72045,224
29143,06744,549
3046,05347,637
30A47,87049,517
3149,68551,394
3252,16953,964
3353,41155,248
3454,65456,534
3556,14658,077
3659,62261,673
3762,10664,242
3862,60364,757
3964,59166,813
4069,06271,438
4176,01978,634

1 It is regretted that a typographical error in the scale of stipends for 2002-03 published in Statutes and Ordinances, p. 649 has transposed the stipends for steps 28A and 29. The correct stipends for 2002-03 should be as shown here: Step 28A = £43,720; Step 29 = £43,067 (see Reporter, 2002-03, p. 264).


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