Decision details

National Pay Agreement 2018-20: New Pay Grades

Decision Maker: Human Resources Committee

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The National Joint Council pay agreement for 2018-20 includes the introduction of a new pay spine on 1 April 2019. The Council is expected to implement the new pay spine to ensure every employee has an increase in pay of at least 2% from 1 April 2019.


Charles Officer, the Senior Human Resources Advisor, presented the National Pay Agreement 2018-20 New Pay Grade Report and explained that the authority was part of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services, which nationally negotiated pay and grading. He explained that the National Pay Agreement would be implemented from 1 April 2019 and every Council employee would see an increase in pay of at least 2%. He also explained that the new minimum pay rate would be in line with the National Living Wage of £9.00 per hour, with the exception of apprentices. The Senior Human Resources Advisor informed the Committee that, as a result of the introduction of the new national pay spine, there would be changes to the current pay grade increment system. He concluded by informing Members that collective consultation had taken place with Trade Unions and Members through the Joint Consultative Panel and the proposals were supported.


The Committee discussed the report and the Senior Human Resources Advisor, Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) and the Chief Executive responded to questions raised by Members.




(1)        the new pay spine be endorsed; and


(2)        the implementation of the new pay spine with effect from 1 April 2019 be recommended to Full Council for approval.

Report author: Charles Officer

Publication date: 20/12/2018

Date of decision: 11/12/2018

Decided at meeting: 11/12/2018 - Human Resources Committee

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