Council employees’ pay offer announced

Council employees have been offered a pay increase of 1.50 per cent from 1 April 2021.


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Council employees have been offered a pay increase of 1.50 per cent from 1 April 2021.

The National Employers, who negotiate pay on behalf of 350 local authorities in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, made the offer to unions today.

It will affect around 1.5 million employees.

Notes to editors

The total increase to the national pay bill resulting from this offer is £279 million (covering the period to 31 March 2022).

This pay offer does not apply to council chief executives, senior officers, teachers or firefighters, who are covered by separate national pay arrangements.

The National Joint Council negotiates the pay, terms and conditions of staff in local authorities. It agrees an annual uplift to the national pay spine, on which each individual council decides where to place its employees. Each council takes into account a number of factors such as job size and local labour market conditions when deciding an employee’s salary. There are no nationally determined jobs or pay grades in local government, unlike in other parts of the public sector.