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The 2022/23 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 2022 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 3.0% increase to the spine points on the University of Cambridge single salary spine, except for spine points 11 to 33 where the increases are proposed as follows:

 Point 15 and below      9.00%

Point 16                        8.50%

Point 17                        8.00%

Point 18                        7.50%

Point 19                        7.20%

Point 20                        6.80%

Point 21                        6.20%

Point 22                        5.80%

Point 23                        5.50%

Point 24                        5.00%

Point 25                        4.80%

Point 26                        4.50%

Point 27                        4.00%

Point 28                        3.80%

Point 29                        3.40%

Point 30                        3.20%

Point 31                        3.10%

Point 32 and above       3.00%

The increases will be implemented in the September 2022 payroll and backdated to 1 August 2022. If the national offer changes then any additional increase would be applied and backdated to 1 August 2022.



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