Pay, rewards and benefits

Pay negotiations update

UNISON and GMB have agreed to accept the final pay offer for 2017–18 of 1.7 per cent. The other trade unions – UCU, Unite and EIS – will continue to consult their members until end of July/early August. This is likely to delay the planned implementation of the 1 August effective award. For the latest information visit:

Pay negotiations update 2017–18

Total reward package

The national pay award is just one component of your total reward package, which also includes incremental pay progression for staff on grades 1 to 9 each year, the opportunity for additional pay rises for exceptional contribution, recognition awards and a wide range of other benefits.

Over the last year we have spent £312 million on staff pay, pension and national insurance contributions. We have also invested over £7 million in rewarding contribution:


The Deal – your pay, rewards and benefits in one place

We've refreshed The Deal web pages so that you can easily access information about pay, recognition schemes and benefits in one place. These pages also take you through to your personalised portal where you can access all the employee benefits available to you and view your Total Reward Statement, which gives you an annual breakdown of your earnings and other benefits. 

Access the Deal via MUSE

A remarkable place to work

In February 2017, The Sunday Times placed us at number 25 in the 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017 and we are the only university to be featured in this year’s ranking of Britain’s happiest and most motivated workforces. For the second year running we gained top scores in the fair deal section of the survey where colleagues were asked how happy they are with pay and benefits.

In our most recent staff survey, 80 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied with their total reward package, including flexible working, annual leave, pay and pensions.

Thank you for this feedback. We will continue to listen and would welcome further thoughts, suggestions and ideas. If you would like to get in touch, please email: