‌Living Wage

The University has decided to pay the Living Wage Foundation Living Wage to contracted staff in Grade B. The information on this page applies to contracted staff in Grade B. Different arrangements apply to casual workers (see casual workers pay information webpage).

Living Wage 2017

On 1 November 2017, the Living Wage increased to £8.75 per hour (£16,608 per annum), an increase of 3.6%.

£16,608 is higher than the JNCHES (August 2016) rate for points 3, 4 and 5. This means that, from 1 November 2016, the full-time equivalent salary for all staff on points 3, 4 and 5 in Grade B will be £16,608 as set out in the table below.

Point JNCHES Aug 2016 Living Wage
6 £16,654   
5 £16,341 £16,608
4 £16,035 £16,608
3 £15,721 £16,608

Over 100 staff will benefit from this Living Wage increase (from November 2017) which is in addition to the August 2017 JNCHES pay award.

Staff on Grade B will remain on their current point of 3, 4 or 5 to ensure they continue to benefit from being on the higher of future rates for Living Wage or JNCHES pay awards.

For the revised University of Exeter payscales go Salary scales

Introduction of the Living Wage at the University of Exeter

Following the Vice-Chancellor's announcement in October 2013 (see below) that the University is putting the ‘Living Wage’ in place, changes to the University payscale have now been agreed.

These arrangements have been agreed working in close co-operation with all three of the campus trade unions (Unison, Unite and the UCU).

From 1 January 2014, Grade B will become the first grade on the University payscale and the first point will be £14,520 per annum.

For more information see:

Vice-Chancellor's announcement of 11 October 2013

Dear colleagues

I am writing to let you know that we have decided to press ahead with our plans to pay the Living Wage.

This will raise the pay of staff on the first point of Grade A from £7.11 per hour to £7.45 per hour. [Note that the Living Wage increased to £7.65 per hour, ie £14,520 per annum, on 1 November 2013.]

This has been discussed over recent weeks, including informal discussions with the unions in September. We will now be commencing more detailed discussions with trade unions. It will take a little while to reach agreement on the details of how the Living Wage will change our current grading structure and conditions of employment; but I wanted to give an early indication of the University’s commitment to pay the Living Wage and meet the needs of our lowest paid staff.

The University is committed to providing pay and conditions of employment and a working environment which maintains our position as an attractive employer, locally, nationally and internationally. We are very aware of how wider economic conditions have affected people's standard of living and hope this will go some way towards helping our lowest paid members of staff.

We will keep you posted on progress.

With best wishes 
Professor Sir Steve Smith
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive