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The 2018/19 national pay negotiations update

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has advised that while agreement has not been reached between UCEA and the Trades Unions, implementation of the draft pay settlement effective from 1 August 2018 may proceed. It should be noted that the stipends and salaries of certain University staff require the approval of the Regent House. Accordingly the Council has submitted a Grace to the Regent House and this has been approved. The Notice and Grace can be viewed in Reporter.

The draft settlement provides for a 2% increase to the spine points on the University of Cambridge single salary spine, except for spine points 11 to 27 where the increases are as follows:

Points 11 to 14            2.76% increase

Point 15                       2.70% increase

Point 16                       2.65% increase

Point 17                       2.60% increase

Point 18                       2.55% increase

Point 19                       2.50% increase

Point 20                       2.45% increase

Point 21                       2.39% increase

Point 22                       2.33% increase

Point 23                       2.26% increase

Point 24                       2.20% increase

Point 25                       2.14% increase

Point 26                       2.08% increase

Point 27                       2.02% increase

The increases will be implemented in the September 2018 payroll and backdated to 1 August 2018. If the national offer changes then any additional increase would be applied and backdated to 1 August 2018.


Each year national level talks are held under the New Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (New JNCHES) which form the basis of the annual pay review.

The date of implementation of the annual pay review is 1 August. However as the stipends and salaries of certain University staff require the approval of the Regent House, the University of Cambridge waits for the pay negotiations to be completed before submitting a grace to Regent House in line with the final settlement. Once the settlement has been approved it is backdated, if required, to 1 August of the relevant year and the salary scales are updated.

The pay award covers all relevant stipends and associated payments in the salaries of non-clinical academic and academic-related staff and assistant staff. For contract research staff and other staff supported on non-central funds, payment of any increase is conditional upon funds being available to meet the cost of the increase from the relevant funding source.

Members of New JNCHES are the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) for the Higher Education (HE) employers and the following HE unions: EIS, Unison, GMB, Unite and UCU.

Previous Annual Pay Reviews