UNISON’s principles of proportionality and fair representation mean that some seats on elected bodies are reserved for women and low-paid members, so that the make-up fairly represents the wider union. This includes the national executive council (NEC).
The definition of low-paid reflects the median gross weekly earnings for all jobs – full time or part time – and is revised each year.
The median gross weekly earnings figure for 2020 has been calculated in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings at £479.10, which remains unchanged since last year, partly because of the impact of furlough during the COVID-19 pandemic on average payments received by workers.
This means that the cut-off wage for election to reserved (low pay) seats in the union remains at £10.63 an hour.