National pay negotiations

2022/23 pay award

We have received notification from the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) that the University can implement the pay award for 2022/23.

With effect from 1 August 2022, staff will receive a pay increase of at least 3.0%.  Higher percentage uplifts will be made to the pay points below national spine point 20 (at the University this is staff employed on and below Grade 4 point 4). The University’s lowest scale point, which currently represents the Oxford Living Wage, will be uplifted by 5.5%, taking the annual salary to £21,150.

The pay increase will be implemented in the September payroll and backdated to 1 August 2022.



UCEA conducts collective pay negotiations with the five HE trade unions - UCU, UNISON, Unite, EIS and GMB - on behalf of a significant number of UK HE institutions. This is done through the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (JNCHES). UCEA member institutions decide individually whether they will participate in each negotiating round to address the uplift to be applied to the national pay spine. The negotiations take place annually, between March and May with dispute resolution meetings held in July if necessary.

The University remains committed to the national bargaining arrangements via New JNCHES and is committed to constructive dialogue with the trade unions. Once agreed for implementation the University applies the pay award to all staff on non-clinical grades.

Further information is available from UCEA.