‌Living Wage

In October 2013, the University announced its intention to pay the Living Wage Foundation Living Wage to contracted staff.

Following discussions with the the campus trade unions, Unison, Unite and the UCU (see Living Wage Agreement), the University began paying the Living Wage from 1 January 2014. 337 staff (approximately two-thirds of whom were female) benefited immediately from the implementation of the Living Wage, with increases of between 1.2% and 6.6%. The first point on the University’s payscale in July 2019 is 25% higher than it was before the University adopted the Living Wage in January 2014 and is 7.8% higher than the lowest point on the national payscale (point 2, 2018 rates).

All changes include the 2019 national pay increase. 

Grade B Changes

Grade C Changes

Grade B

Point Description New Rate
L2 Experienced Rate Higher of the Entry Rate + 1.5% or JNCHES point 6 £17,682
L1 Entry Rate Higher of the Living Wage or JNCHES point 5 £17,361

This means that staff who qualify for the Experienced Rate will always be paid 1.5% above the Entry Rate.

The Entry Rate will be paid to all new appointments in Grade B. On 1 August following their appointment, subject to satisfactory performance, and subject to a minimum of six months’ service in the role, the employee will be paid at the Experienced Rate.

August 2019 assimilation arrangements

Staff in Grade B who were appointed on or before 1 February 2019 will be paid at the Experienced Rate (point L2) from 1 August 2019. This is 1.5% higher than the current rate of point 6.

Grade C

Point  Description  New Rate
L10 Contribution Point Higher of JNCHES point 16 or L9 + 1.5% £22,417
L9 Contribution Point Higher of JNCHES point 15 or L8 + 1.5% £21,814
L8 Contribution Point Higher of JNCHES point 14 or L7 + 1.5% £21,236
L7 Contribution Point Higher of JNCHES point 13 or L6 + 1.5% £20,675
L6 Contribution Point Higher of JNCHES point 12 or L5 + 1.5% £20,130
L5 Progression Point Higher of JNCHES point 11 or L4 + 1.5% £19,612
L4 Progression Point Higher of JNCHES point 10 or L3 + 1.5% £19,133
L3 Starting Point Higher of JNCHES point 9 the Experienced rate (L2) + 5.0% £18,709

These changes raise the minimum salary in the Grade C from £16,654 in July 2018 to £18,709 (12.3%).

They also provide a guaranteed difference of at least 5% between the top of Grade B and the first point of Grade C, whatever changes are agreed in the future to the Living Wage or the national payspine.

Staff on point 7 in Grade C who started on or before 1 February 2019 will see their annual salary increase by 7.4% from £17,408 to £18,709 (replacing the 2.0% increase to £17,751 on the previous Grade C scale).


From 1 August 2020, point L6 will be converted from a contribution point to a normal progression point. Staff on point L5 on 31 July 2020 will progress to point L6 on 1 August 2020 subject to the minimum service requirements in the Conditions of Employment. This means that the number of normal progression points in Grade C in in 2020/21 will be 4, compared to 6 in 2017/18.

August 2019 assimilation arrangements

The assimilation arrangements from 1 August 2019 for staff in Grade C will be as set out in the table below. In summary, if, after the application of the 1 August 2019 increment (if eligible) and after the application of the August 2019 general increase agreed by JNCHES, an employee’s full-time equivalent salary would be less than £18,709, their salary will be increased to £18,709 from 1 August 2019.

Point in July 2019 Less than 6 months in grade at 1 August 2019 6 or more months in grade at 1 August 2019
7 (£17,408) L3 (£18,709) L3 (£18,709)
8 (£17,751) L3 (£18,709) L3 (£18,709)
9 (£18,189) L3 (£18,709) L4 (£19,133)
10 (£18,688) L4 (£19,133) L5 (£19,612)
11 (£19,202) L5 (£19,612)
12 (£19,730) L6 (£20,130)
13 (£20,275) L7 (£20,675)
14 (£20,836) L8 (£21,236)
15 (£21,414) L9 (£21,814)
16 (£22,107) L10 (£22,417)

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. 

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