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No 6414

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Vol cxlvi No 19

pp. 349–362


Report of the Council on the arrangements for approving market pay

The Council begs leave to report to the University as follows:

1. In this Report the Council is seeking approval for amendments to the arrangements for approving market pay that were established by Grace 2 of 22 May 2013 approving the recommendations of the Joint Report of the Council and the General Board on amendments to the pay and grading scheme for non-clinical staff implemented following the Second Joint Report of 25 July 2005 (Reporter, 6302, 2012–13, p. 423).

2. Market pay was introduced for recruitment and retention purposes, replacing the award of market supplements with effect from 1 January 2014. Under the current procedure for market pay awards,1 the HR Committee, or for professorial or equivalent staff the Remuneration Committee of the Council, must approve an award ‘where the market pay exceeds 10% of the lowest salary point of the grade (or in the case of grade 12, the lowest salary point of the relevant band)’, in addition to the approval of the relevant officers. In most cases where it is necessary to agree market pay for recruitment or retention purposes, immediate action is usually required and further committee approval militates against timely action.

3. The Council, on the recommendation of the Remuneration Committee and with the support of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Institutional and International Relations) in her capacity as Chair of the HR Committee, proposes that the threshold for requiring committee approval for an award of market pay be raised to 50% or £50k (whichever is the smaller) of basic pay, i.e. in the third bullet point in paragraph 6.4 of the Joint Report, replace ‘10%’ with ‘50% or £50k (whichever is the smaller)’.

4. The Council publishes statistical information annually about staff grades, additional payments, and market supplements; Tables 11(b) and (d) provide, respectively, data on market pay awards currently being paid and those newly awarded in the last year. The format of the data provided on market pay awards will be reviewed before the Notice concerning data as at 31 July 2016 is published.

5. The Council notes that the HR Committee is conducting a wide-ranging review of certain HR practices including pay and reward, for report to the Council later in 2015–16.

6. The Council recommends:

I. That, with effect from 10 April 2016, the revised arrangements for approving market pay as set out in paragraph 3 of this Report be approved.

9 February 2016

L. K. Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor

Margaret Glendenning

Shirley Pearce

Chad Allen

Fiona Karet

Michael Proctor

Richard Anthony

Stuart Laing

John Shakeshaft

Jeremy Caddick

Susan Oosthuizen

Sara Weller

Anne Davis

Rachael Padman

I. H. White