Care workers, refuse collectors, social workers, teaching assistants, community workers, street cleaners and so many more go above and beyond every single day. Local government staff keep communities safe, clean and accessible, yet there is often little or no recognition for your hard work.
With the cost-of-living skyrocketing to new highs every day, it’s time to rise up and demand decent pay for the work you do.
NJC pay 2023
Note – NJC pay covers council and school workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Following the results of our ballots in the summer, UNISON’s NJC Committee made the decision not to pursue industrial action. UNISON met with the other local government unions, GMB and Unite, on Wednesday 1 November, and the joint decision is to accept the pay offer for 2023 of an increase of £1,925 on all NJC pay points (pro rata’d for part-time and term time only staff). The pay award will be backdated to 1 April 2023.
Because of the way London Weighting is included in members’ pay, the final settlement figures are different for members in Greater London. There is a separate joint pay circular for London which explains the rates and details on London pay spines can be found in the ‘resources’ tab below.
We want to thank you for your patience while we worked to resolve this year’s pay dispute. The local government employers have been informed and our immediate priority is to get the money into the pay packets of our hardworking members as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact your branch directly or check our FAQs at the bottom of this page.
NJC pay 2024
The NJC Committee will be meeting in November and we are starting preparations for the 2024 pay campaign as a matter of urgency, starting with consulting on and submitting a joint pay claim. The fight to restore local government pay will continue and we plan to be stronger than ever to get fair pay for council and school workers.
Here are some ways you can help in the fight for fair pay:
- Encourage colleagues to join UNISON – if someone in your workplace isn’t yet a member, get them to sign up so they ca get involved in the fight for fair pay. They can join online and it only takes five minutes:
- Make sure that you are following us on social media for the latest updates and to have your say on pay: