‌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%. Since 2014, the minimum salary paid at the University of Exeter has increased by 17.6% and is 7.8% higher than the lowest point on the national payscale (point 2).

On 1 August 2019, the University will be making further changes to its payscales. These changes (which do not include the 2019 national pay increase) are illustrated below. 

Grade B

Point Description New Rate
L2 Experienced Rate Higher of the Entry Rate + 1.5% or JNCHES point 6 £17,338
L1 Entry Rate Higher of the Living Wage or JNCHES point 5 £17,082

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.

Grade C

Point  Description  New Rate
L10 Contribution Point Higher of JNCHES point 16 or L9 + 1.5% £22,017
L9 Contribution Point Higher of JNCHES point 15 or L8 + 1.5% £21,414
L8 Contribution Point Higher of JNCHES point 14 or L7 + 1.5% £20,836
L7 Contribution Point Higher of JNCHES point 13 or L6 + 1.5% £20,275
L6 Contribution Point Higher of JNCHES point 12 or L5 + 1.5% £19,730
L5 Progression Point Higher of JNCHES point 11 or L4 + 1.5% £19,202
L4 Progression Point Higher of JNCHES point 10 or L3 + 1.5% £18,688
L3 Starting Point Higher of JNCHES point 9 the Experienced rate (L2) + 5.0% £18,205

 This means that staff at the first point of Grade C will always be paid 5% more than staff in Grade B.

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.

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) but before the application of the August 2019 general increase agreed by JNCHES, an employee’s full-time equivalent salary would be less than £18,205, their salary will be increased to £18,205 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 (£18,205) L3 (£18,205)
8 (£17,751) L3 (£18,205) L3 (£18,205)
9 (£18,189) L3 (£18,205) L4 (£18,688)
10 (£18,688) L4 (£18,688) L5 (£19,202)
11 (£19,202) L5 (£19,202)
12 (£19,730) L6 (£19,730)
13 (£20,275) L7 (£20,275)
14 (£20,836) L8 (£20,836)
15 (£21,414) L9 (£21,414)
16 (£22,107) L10 (£22,107)

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