UNISON represents staff working for Ofsted in early years and social care inspection.

Ofsted inspectors play a vital role in ensuring and enhancing the quality of care and education in social care and nurseries.

UNISON leads on negotiations for the pay and conditions of staff working for Ofsted and on workload and other professional issues.


Ofsted pay negotiations 2023/24

UNISON and the other trade unions, FDA and PCS met Ofsted management for pay negotiations for the 2023/24 pay earlier this week. The headlines of the offer received from Ofsted are:

  • An increase in salary points of between 4.5% and 6%.
  • For staff in the inspection job family, the increase will be 4.5%.

Details of the revised pay spine can be viewed here.

Ofsted has also agreed to:

  • Set up an “Inspector Working Group” to consider working hours at inspector grades. An initial meeting will be held in November to establish terms of reference. UNISON is looking to agree a policy that will give a consistent approach to TOIL and address issues related to the excessive hours that many of our members work.
  • Resume work paused earlier this year to consider a pay flexibility business case to Treasury next year. A pay flexibility business case seeks HMT permission to pay an award above the Civil Service pay remit. Ofsted will resume the dialogue with unions on the process and shaping of the business case.
  • Improve the employee benefits package, including the cycle to work scheme and gym membership.

UNISON are consulting members on the offer.  The consultation closes at midnight on 16 November.