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The 2020/21 national pay negotiations update

On 7 July 2020, representatives of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) met with representatives of all Higher Education trade unions in a one‑off pay negotiation meeting for 2020–21. UCEA confirmed that, due to the financial impact of COVID‑19 on their member institutions, there could be no offer of a pay uplift for 2020–21. Unite, Unison and UCU have now responded to UCEA to confirm that their respective committees reject the position on pay, but are prepared to continue negotiation meetings on the other non‑pay elements of the unions’ claim (gender and ethnicity pay, casual employment arrangements and workload).


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