HE pay consultation

You deserve a decent pay rise. Have your say in the higher education pay consultation.

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UNISON’s pay claim

UNISON pushed hard for a decent pay rise for our members in higher education. Along with the other HE unions, our pay claim was for:

  • a rise of RPI plus 3%, or a minimum increase of £3,349
  • £10 per hour minimum rate of pay
  • All universities to become accredited by the Living Wage Foundation
  • A 35 hour working week
  • Action to close the gender and ethnicity pay gaps
  • Action to reduce excessive workloads and combat stress

The employers’ offer

University employers won’t stump up. Their offer falls short, with the majority of HE staff being offered a rise of 1.8%, and lower paid staff offered between 1.82% and 3.65%. Check the pay award for your spinal column point in the final pay offer.

It’s time to stand up for decent pay and decent jobs.

REJECT the pay offer

We are consulting HE members across the UK on this pay offer. UNISON’s higher education service group executive recommends that members REJECT the pay offer to campaign for an improved pay deal.

The online consultation runs from 22 May to 1 July – please don’t miss your chance to have your say!

Vote now

Use our pay calculator below to see how much pay you’ve lost over the last ten years, and find your university on our map to see what your VC is paid, whether your employer is Living Wage accredited, and what its standard support staff contract is.

How do I vote?

You can vote using the ‘vote now’ button above or using the personalised link in your email.

It’s really important that we have the correct contact details so we can send you your voting link. Please go to myUNISON to check your membership record is correct or call UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857.

Not in UNISON?

Join by 17 June so you can have your say. Join today at joinunison.org or call 0800 171 2193.

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Find your university

Tip: Use the magnifying glass to search for your university

  • VC pay refers to the total remuneration of the head of provider for 2017/18 based on Office for Students’ data.
  • Living Wage accreditation is based on the Living Wage Foundation’s employer lists.
  • Support staff weekly hours equates to the standard full-time contract for support staff within that university/HEI

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