Reward and recognition

Dear colleague

"Earlier this year, we made the difficult decision to pause our reward and recognition process as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of our financial situation. After careful review, I’m pleased to say we are now able to reinstate aspects of our reward processes, including our annual reward and recognition schemes.

"Each year, colleagues in the normal range of the University of Sheffield Grade Structure, around 48 per cent of our staff, see their pay increase by up to three per cent through incremental pay progression, recognising their additional contribution. These incremental pay increases will be awarded as normal on 1 January 2021, and on 1 October 2021 for clinical academics and clinical researchers.

"The annual academic promotions and professorial/professorial equivalent pay reviews will be moved to the spring and any associated pay increases will be backdated to the usual date of 1 January 2021. We will update you with a more detailed timetable shortly.

"Colleagues that have consistently contributed and performed above and beyond the expectations of a suitably experienced person in their role will also be able to be considered for an accelerated incremental pay rise within their current grade range. The timing of this process will mirror the academic promotions round outlined above.

"From January 2021, as part of our pay and grading arrangements, colleagues can once again be considered for regrading, in line with business needs. Cases should be submitted as required through the Recruitment Advisory Panel following departmental consideration, rather than the Faculty/Professional Services decision making outlined in our normal process.

"The Recognition Awards Scheme remains available to all staff and departmental budget allocations for 2020-21 will be made shortly.

"For more information about our reward and recognition schemes, please visit The Deal web pages.

"While current indications are that our home undergraduate recruitment position will be more favourable than we previously forecast, there is of course still uncertainty around our recruitment, particularly around international students and whether they will be able to come to campus, and there are undoubtedly financial challenges still ahead. We will know more in October and will continue to monitor the situation and adapt accordingly.

"These challenges and uncertainty affect the whole sector and therefore the final offer made by the Universities and Colleges Employers' Association (UCEA) on behalf of all participating employers under the national pay bargaining process remains a zero per cent increase to each point on the national pay spine. Details of the national pay negotiations can be found on the UCEA website and on our HR web pages.

"While the national trade unions have all rejected the proposal for a pay freeze, both sides are willing to engage in further meetings on non-pay issues. UCEA has also agreed to a New Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff autumn meeting to review the financial position of the sector and, if circumstances allow, they will begin negotiations for the 2021-22 pay round earlier in the calendar year.

"I will continue to keep you updated. Thank you again for everything you continue to do."

With best wishes

Ian Wright
Interim Director of Human Resources