2018/2019 Pay Negotiations

Following ballots for industrial action, which did not gain mandates for action, the five trade unions wrote to UCEA on 7 March 2019, formally confirming that they are bringing the 2018-19 pay round to a close.


The 2018-19 national pay negotiations have now been concluded and the University will be implementing the final offer (as below) with effect from 1 August 2018 in August payroll. We are aware that of the five trade unions which participate in the national pay negotiations, GMB have accepted the pay offer, with UCU, UNISON, Unite and EIS (only represented in Scottish universities) rejecting the offer. However in the interests of ensuring colleagues receive the pay offer as quickly as possible we are following guidance issued by UCEA, the employers representative in the negotiations, to implement the pay uplift with effect from 1 August 2018.

The uplifted salary scales can be found on these pages under 'Salary Scales'.

New JNCHES negotiating round 2018-19: union consultations on the final offer - 5 July 2018

All five recognised unions (UCU, UNISON, Unite, GMB and EIS) have been consulting with their members on the final offer from late May to late July.  The outcomes of these consultations so far are:

  • UCU members have rejected the offer. 
  • UNISON has advised that it will consult its members on the final offer between 29 May and 30 July.
  • UNITE members have rejected thee offer.
  • GMB members have accepted the offer.
  • EIS (Not recognised at the University of Sheffield) members have rejected the offer.

UCEA is arranging for meetings to take place under the New JNCHES dispute resolution process.  Further updates will be provided once all the outcomes are known.

Final Offer - 10 May 2018

In the third negotiation meeting on 10 May, the employers made a final offer of 2% on spine points 16-51, with £425 on points 2-15 (up to 2.8%).  The employers also offered further joint work on casual employment and the gender pay gap. Full details of the offer can be found on the UCEA website.

Joint Pay Claim

The five HE trade unions submitted their joint pay claim in advance of three pay negotiation meetings on 26 March, 13 April and 10 May 2018. This is available on the downloads bar.